Bloody Ridge and Beyond by Marlin Groft audiobook

Bloody Ridge and Beyond: A World War II Marine’s Memoir of Edson’s Raiders in the Pacific

By Marlin “Whitey” Groft and Larry Alexander
Read by Joe Barrett

12.22 Hours 10/07/2014 Unabridged
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A story of sacrifice and defiance at Guadalcanal, from the New York Times bestselling coauthor of A Higher Call and Biggest Brother On the killing ground that was the island of Guadalcanal, a two-thousand-yard-long ridge rose from the jungle canopy. Behind it lay the all-important air base of Henderson Field. And if Henderson Field fell, it would mean the almost certain death or capture of all 12,500 marines on the island. But the marines positioned on the ridge were no normal fighters—they were the hard-fighting men of Edson’s Raiders, an elite fighting unit within an already elite Marine Corps. Handpicked for their toughness and submitted to a rigorous training program to weed out those less fit, they were the best of the best. For two hellish nights in September 1942, about 840 marines—commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Merritt Austin “Red Mike” Edson—fought one of the most pivotal battles of World War II in the Pacific, clinging desperately to their position on what would soon be known as Bloody Ridge. Wave after wave of attacking Japanese soldiers were repelled by the Raiders, who knew that defeat and retreat were simply not options. In the end, and against all odds, the defenders prevailed. Bloody Ridge and Beyond is the story of the First Marine Raider Battalion, which showed courage and valor in the face of overwhelming numbers, as told by Marlin Groft, a man who was a member of this incredible fighting force.

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Summary

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A story of sacrifice and defiance at Guadalcanal, from the New York Times bestselling coauthor of A Higher Call and Biggest Brother

On the killing ground that was the island of Guadalcanal, a two-thousand-yard-long ridge rose from the jungle canopy. Behind it lay the all-important air base of Henderson Field. And if Henderson Field fell, it would mean the almost certain death or capture of all 12,500 marines on the island.

But the marines positioned on the ridge were no normal fighters—they were the hard-fighting men of Edson’s Raiders, an elite fighting unit within an already elite Marine Corps. Handpicked for their toughness and submitted to a rigorous training program to weed out those less fit, they were the best of the best.

For two hellish nights in September 1942, about 840 marines—commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Merritt Austin “Red Mike” Edson—fought one of the most pivotal battles of World War II in the Pacific, clinging desperately to their position on what would soon be known as Bloody Ridge.

Wave after wave of attacking Japanese soldiers were repelled by the Raiders, who knew that defeat and retreat were simply not options. In the end, and against all odds, the defenders prevailed.

Bloody Ridge and Beyond is the story of the First Marine Raider Battalion, which showed courage and valor in the face of overwhelming numbers, as told by Marlin Groft, a man who was a member of this incredible fighting force.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“In a world obsessed with comic book heroes, we forget that real supermen once hacked through jungles, paddled through swamps, and fought eyeball to eyeball for our freedom. They were called ‘Marine Raiders,’ and Marlin Groft was one of them. Vivid and powerful, his story leaves you reaching to tip your cap.” Adam Makos, New York Times bestselling author of A Higher Call
“Whitey Groft was there, and it shows in every line of Bloody Ridge and Beyond: A World War II Marine’s Memoir of Edson’s Raiders in the Pacific. Written with acclaimed war historian Larry Alexander, this account of the fight for Tulagi, of the hellish night-fighting defense of Bloody Ridge on Guadalcanal and afterward, reads like an American Iliad—epic yet excruciatingly personal, riveting, and authentic in every detail.” Steven Pressfield, bestselling author of The Lion’s Gate
“If you want a story of courage in the face of fear, intense fighting despite overwhelming odds, and brotherhood in the midst of horrific warfare, then this book is for you. Whitey Groft went through what no man should ever need to endure. He recounts his story with grit and poignancy, and he pulls no punches in describing the horror he encountered during World War II. This book is unflinching, descriptive, and comprehensive. A must-read.” Marcus Brotherton, author of Shifty’s War

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Bloody Ridge and Beyond is a very well done war book focusing on Edson’s Raiders, an elite group of U.S. marines. Author Marlin Groft was a part of this elite group, and it shows in his writing. We are given a horrific account of what it was like for these men as they fought off the Japanese and held their position. Joe Barrett gives a great performance. He is a great choice for a difficult but important piece.

Author

Author Bio: Marlin Groft

Author Bio: Marlin Groft

Marlin F. Groft was born in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps from 1939 to 1941, and then became a silk-screen printer in a textile factory. He joined the Marine Corps after Pearl Harbor and, following boot camp, volunteered for the First Marine Raider Battalion under Lieutenant Colonel Merritt A. Edson, serving with that unit until its dissolution. Assigned to the Twenty-Ninth Marine Regiment of the newly formed Sixth Marine Division, he served beyond the end of the war, seeing duty in China until the end of 1945. Groft and his wife, Vivian, live in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

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Author Bio: Larry Alexander

Author Bio: Larry Alexander

Larry Alexander is the author of the New York Times bestselling biography Biggest Brother: The Life of Major Dick Winters, the Man Who Led the Band of Brothers. He is also the author of Shadows in the Jungle and In the Footsteps of the Band of Brothers. Alexander has been a journalist and columnist for the Intelligencer Journal in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, for more than thirteen years and has won numerous state-level awards for excellence in journalism.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 12.22
Audience: Adult
Language: English