A story of ground combat, as viewed from the level of combat command, "The Price of Courage" is written as it should be by a man who has himself led infantry forces in battle during the Korean War, where combat reduced itself daily to the awful task of getting one man at a time around one rock at a time in the face of fierce, inch-by-inch resistance. Eric Holloway is assigned command of George Company on a cold and barren mountain when he least expects it and when, in the minds of some of his men, he least deserves it - after a day of horror, when his own blunders have cost American lives and frustrated the battalion's advance. Under the grim pressure of necessity and in the face of bitter enemy fire, he leads his battle-weary company forward to take a mountain top. With only his courage, his instincts, and his combat training to guide him, Holloway must decide when to leave his post and risk his own life to lead a lost platoon to safety, when to lay on the artillery preparation that may cost the life of one of his wounded officers, when to bully an inexperienced lieutenant into moving forward under fire - and when and if to ignore the orders of a 'chicken' colonel who has had no combat experience. The entire story covers a few days and a few thousand yards of a campaign that has no clear aim other than the taking of real estate. Yet in that time, Holloway develops from 'one of those eager bastards' concerned only with career and recognition, into a resourceful and responsible commander who has earned the devotion of his men through his own bravery and decisiveness.
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Texan Curt Anders graduated from the U. S. Military Academy in 1949 and commanded an infantry rifle company in combat during the Korean War. While a member of West Point's English department faculty he earned an MA from Columbia University. He lives in the Hudson Highlands of upstate New York.
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Book Description Guilde Press of Indiana, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P111578600405
Book Description Guilde Press of Indiana, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 1578600405
Book Description Guilde Press of Indiana, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. New item. Bookseller Inventory # QX-096-50-1050511