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The River and the Gauntlet
The River and the Gauntlet
By S. L. A. Marshall
Morrow, 1953, 385 pp
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An account of the defeat of the Eighth Army by the Chinese Communists in November 1950 and the subsequent retreat down the peninsula, the longest in American history. Exceptionally vivid and dramatic, the story is based to a large extent on interviews with the troops engaged. In General Marshall's view the key to the defeat lay in faulty intelligence on the American side and superior knowledge of troop disposition by the Chinese.