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Give Me Tomorrow: The Korean War's Greatest Untold Story--The Epic Stand of the Marines of George Company

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  419 Ratings  ·  43 Reviews
An epic story of a legendary Marine companyOCOs valor and sacrifice in the Korean War brought to gripping, cinematic light by an acclaimed historian
ebook, 289 pages
Published May 14th 2014 by Da Capo Press (first published October 13th 2010)
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Chrissie
Oct 04, 2013 Chrissie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, korea, audible
I have absolutely no complaints with this book, but I cannot give it more than three stars. It is a war book. It describes in great detail exactly what happened to George Company at Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War. As such, it depicts many individuals' experiences and so you do NOT get close to any one person. I prefer books that draw me close to the thoughts of one or just a few individuals.

The audiobook's narration by Lloyd James was good.

Brad H
Jun 20, 2012 Brad H rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the 1st book I had read b by Mr. O'Donnell.
I must say that I was truely taken away and could taste the mud in my mouth and the sweat from my brow.
I had never really read any books about Korea. Not,that I didn't want to... Just thatI had never really found one that got my interest. I must say this is a fine fine book. I would reccommend this book to anybody that wants a good read. A good read about heores, soldiers, the bond that makes them and the blood, sweat and tears of true hero's.
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Liberty
Mar 20, 2016 Liberty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Greatest Untold Story"... is attached to many books today to peak one's interest; give and take a little they are nearly all most interesting, though their qualities as the greatest untold story are up to the reader.

This is not my favorite book on the Korean War. At times, the importance of G. Company (of which the story surrounds) seems blown in comparison to the other Companys' and Battalions. And at times the quantity of characters mixed with anecdotes were a bit incohesive and made it
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James
Oct 20, 2011 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an unbelievable story of some heroic Marines but I found myself wanting a little more from the book. This was my first book I have read about the Korean War and I really wanted to know more about what was going on. A lost of the military books I have read in the past have provided indepth details about the battles and units involved. This book skimmed over the details and stuck to the larger picture. At times George Company would be holed up on a freezing hill and get attacked by thousan ...more
Grace
Oct 05, 2011 Grace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After having just finished listening to the audio book, 'The Coldest Winter,' I came across a copy of 'Give Me Tomorrow,' and decided to read it. The two books share some of the same action, but tell different stories from different perspectives. Both stories are full of first hand accounts of the Korean War. However, while 'The Coldest Winter' gives a fairly broad perspective of the war, 'Give Me Tomorrow' focuses on the action of George Company and some of the battles they were involved in. I ...more
George
Aug 31, 2014 George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book after watching "Against the Odds...Bloody George at the Chosin on the History Channel. I must say I was not disappointed.

Well researched and terrific first person accounts of some of the most horrific fighting of this or any other war.

I also liked the 3 MOH citations added in the appendix and the appendix of where are they now.

This book made me remember a Marine Sargeant Major I met on my first job in 1978. He was a member of the First Marine Division and was at the Chosin. He
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Shonna Froebel
Dec 07, 2014 Shonna Froebel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
This book follows the men of George Company of the US Marines through their battles in Korea. From the sea landing at Inchon, through their fight to get to the Chosin Reservoir, and back to Inchon again.
The description of the battles they fought is matter of fact, graphic and brutal. The story isn't entirely linear, and some scenes appear more than once, almost as teasers to a more complete scene told later. We see the stories of individual men, and how they faced the challenges, and the losses
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Tricia
Mar 22, 2015 Tricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have uncles and cousins who served in Korea, yet from my schooling until now this truly is the "forgotten war". "Give Me Tomorrow" is gut wrenchingly honest, poignant, and real. Yet the brave men who fought with George Company (Marines), as well as all the men from every branch of the military, were funny, brave and candid about their fear. Their humanity could have been killed on those frozen fields in Korea, but as the men saw family pictures in some of the dead enemies pockets their hearts ...more
Thomas
Aug 12, 2013 Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This narrowly-focused look at the Korean War through the eyes of one particular Marine company opens up into a broad vista of several magnificent -- and often brutal -- portions of the first phases of the war. Though it begins sluggishly, the book quickly becomes a page-turner, from the taking of Seoul to the first encounters with the Chinese in the northern hinterlands. The numerous details of individual bravery performed under extreme conditions make this a book inspiring. The little-known/rec ...more
Sacramento Public Library
The Korean War is often referred to as the Forgotten War, but it is not easily forgotten by those who fought it. O’Donnell does an excellent job of telling the heroic story of George Company of the 1st Marines as they battled their way from the Inchon landing, through the harrowing streets of Seoul, to their epic battle near the Chosin Reservoir. Through firsthand accounts, O’Donnell takes the modern reader to the frozen foxholes of the Korean War as the young men of George Company struggled to ...more
Roger Miller
Korea a forgotten war and forgotten soldiers are remembered in this book. I always find in true combat stories for some the very best comes out in the most horrid circumstances. I had heard of places like Chosin Reservoir and other places in the book, but I was clueless the terrible price of victory for the Marines was! Well written fast paced, enough detail to get you to Korea, without too much too bog you down. Started this on the Fourth of July and now I will go out and thank a vet for their ...more
Brian Bennett
Feb 17, 2014 Brian Bennett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I lived in South Korea for two years, and I decided to read this to bone up a little on the history of the peninsula. I hadn't realized that the Korean conflict came so close behind the end of WWII. This was written from the perspective of Fox Company and the horror that they went through. Written based on interviews and first hand stories, this really paints a picture of the devastation because of the conflict.

Living in modern-day Seoul, nearly 50 years after the truce, was a stark contrast to
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Lee
Oct 29, 2011 Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book. I trudge through most non-fiction books wishing that the topic had been interesting or that the author showed a little enthusiasm for the topic. The author obviously has an interest and passion for what he writes. He keeps his own opinions out of the work and lets history speak for itself. I loved reading this book. He made me relate to the people he was writing about and he wrote it so the reader also has the inability to read the book without some emotive response. I highly recom ...more
Mike Gabor
Oct 16, 2013 Mike Gabor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
:Excellent account of George Company of the 1st Marines as they fought from the Inchon Landing to the Chosin Reservoir. This is one of the first books I've read on the Korean War and Mr. O'Donnell paints a vivid portrait of the horrors of this conflict. While lacking in a lot of detail that many military histories provide, this is still one of the best books I've read about combat experience and I highly recommend it.
Derek
May 16, 2014 Derek rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't realize that this account only provided a single campaign during the Korean War. The author did a good job setting up some context for what happened at Chosin. The story was a little less gory than the The Last Stand of Fox Company. It was more focused on the larger motion of the campaign, but I still got lost in the details. In short, it was educational, but not as clear as some war accounts.
Steve Wolfe
Jan 14, 2012 Steve Wolfe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
I learned a good bit from this book. My wife's father served in Korea and I had neglected reading much on this subject in favor of WWII and Vietnam. This was a very good read, felt a little too short though, would've like to know more, so I'll probably mine some more books on this subject. Author did a fantastic job of conveying the difficulty of the surroundings to the reader.
Courtney
Sep 19, 2015 Courtney rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Maybe it was because I listened to this book instead of reading it. I did not find it very engaging. The writing was repetitive and not very illustrative. I'll continue to look for other (hopefully better) books about the Korean War.
John
Feb 15, 2015 John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I like micro histories but this one couldn't summon much drama. I wondered while reading why I'd never learned that American forces rammed into N Korea. And that hordes of Chinese soldiers drove them out before the armistice. Hmm.
Kim Hardesty
Jul 06, 2012 Kim Hardesty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an amazing story of extremely brave men. it touched me greatly to know my uncle was a part of this story and lived through this. My uncle bob boulden was even credited with some of the photos.
Jerome
Feb 07, 2015 Jerome rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the many books about Marines of the first Division, in the Korean war from the invasion of Inchon and the fight to get out of the Frozen Chosen until the armistice July 1953. Many first hand accounts by veterans. I joined the Marines about a year after the armistice was signed.
Gordon Beck
Pretty good, but outdone by The Last Parallel (Martin Russ), The Last Stand of Fox Company (Bob Drury/Tom Calvin)and Colder Than Hell (Joseph Owen). Nonetheless, a story that needed to be told. If you like this one, check out the excellent, but obsure, To the Last Man! by Frank Kerstner.
Bethanyweed
Jul 22, 2016 Bethanyweed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story itself I give 5 stars. The story of George Company, who earned their nickname "Bloody George." Impossible tasks, impossible odds, but somehow they did it. The writing itself was sometimes good, sometimes wandered off for me...
Leslie Mesmer
Sep 13, 2016 Leslie Mesmer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Could never quite get into this book. It was just disjointed to me. Ended up skimming it. Really dry almost text book writing.
Jakob Zetwick
Aug 25, 2014 Jakob Zetwick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book to educate myself more on the Korean War. It most certainly did just that. I highly recommend this book.
John
May 14, 2016 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction-war
Well written account of the harrowing ordeals of the "Forgotten War", though not a great deal of depth around featured people and the narration feels a tad vague but still worth the read.
Kara
Oct 17, 2012 Kara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


Amazing story. Heartbreaking to think what these men went through and some continue to dream about. A tale of endurance and war, unbelievable to think about what they survived.
Shannon
May 31, 2011 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazing, the forgotten war because people forget how much these guys went through in such horrible freezing temps etc. Amazing Memorial day read!
Faith
Without the swearing it would have been an excellent book. There were just too many F words for me in it.
Pgericson
This is essentially a war journal, providing a good sense of the time and place: not much else, however.
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