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Synopsis: As a Marine corpsman, Leonard Adreon saw some of the worst of the Korean War's carnage and the best of its humanity. His gripping description brings to life the war between the Chinese army and the U.S. Marines as they battled to take the high ground. You will feel the anguish, the frustration and the terror endured by Marines on the hillsides of Korea, and how U.S. troops fought with valor and esprit de corps under adverse conditions and against massive Chinese forces. As a corpsman, Adreon tells the story from the unique perspective of a young man from St. Louis, with no medical background, thrown into the role of saving lives amid the war's violence. He leavens the grim, emotional, and sometimes ironic battlefield scenes with his background story - of how his own mistakes and the military's bumbling landed him at Korea's 38th Parallel.
Critique: A wealth of vintage black-and-white photography illustrates this captivating biographical memoir of the Korean War, as told by a former Marine corpsman in the thick of the action. During the war, author Leonard Adreon was a young, "average Joe" soldier with no medical background, tasked with saving lives amid the carnage. A vividly memorable "you-are-there" experience from first page to last, Hilltop Doc is highly recommended. It should be noted for personal reading lists that Hilltop Doc is also available in a Kindle edition ($8.99).