By Stanley Weintraub
The day after Thanksgiving, 5 months into the Korean struggle, basic Douglas MacArthur flew to American positions within the north and grandly introduced an end-the-war-by-Christmas offensive, regardless of fresh proof of intervention by way of Mao's chinese language troops. Marching north in plunging temperatures, basic Edward Almond's X Corps, which integrated a Marine department less than the capable management of basic Oliver Smith, encountered little resistance. yet hundreds of thousands of chinese language, who had infiltrated around the frozen Yalu River, have been mendacity in wait and may quickly seize tens of millions people troops.
Led by means of the Marines, an beaten X Corps evacuated the frigid, mountainous Chosin Reservoir vastness and fought a swarming enemy and treacherous snow and ice to arrive the coast. climate, terrain, chinese language firepower, and a 4,000-foot chasm made break out appear most unlikely within the face of a vanishing Christmas. yet persistence and sacrifice prevailed, and the final troopships weighed anchor on Christmas Eve.
In the culture of his Silent evening and Pearl Harbor Christmas, Stanley Weintraub provides one other gripping narrative of a wartime Christmas season.
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Yet for all her gifts and advantages she does not stand in the very first rank of American novelists. She was unable sufficiently to pull the tapestry of fiction over her personal grievances and approbations. The latter are always peeping out at the oddest times and in the oddest places. It is strange that a novelist of such cultivation and such fecundity and one who was also such a student of her craft should not have seen her own glaring faults. How is it possible that the woman who could imagine the brilliant repartee of Edmonia Bredalbane, which annihilates every vestige of pretentiousness in Queenborough, should not have torn up the dreary sermon that is called The Builders'?
It puts one off a bit that Ellen Glasgow struck, again and again, so high a note for herself. As she conceived of her personal sufferings as more intense than anyone else's, so did she conceive of herself as a novelist on a Tolstoian scale. " In her personal philosophy, and despite a sensitive mind that "would always remain an exile on earth," she believed that she had found a code of living that was sufficient for life or for death. And in her later years she loved to play the queen in the New York publishing world, dangling the possibility of her largesse, half in jest, half in earnest, before the different editors who bid for her books.
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