The Last Ridge

Paperback $16.00

Nov 09, 2004 | 336 Pages

Ebook $11.99

Dec 18, 2007 | 336 Pages

  • Paperback $16.00

    Nov 09, 2004 | 336 Pages

  • Ebook $11.99

    Dec 18, 2007 | 336 Pages


The Last Ridge is the breathtaking story of how one man’s vision, and the sheer courage of the legendary 10th Mountain Division, helped change the course of World War II in Europe. Among the war’s countless acts of bravery and sacrifice, this one stands out, and McKay Jenkins brings it to life in his riveting account.”
—Senator John McCain

“The 10th Mountain Division was the only American Alpine unit to fight during World War II, and its heroic and daring exploits during the final months of the Italian campaign are fully documented by McKay Jenkins in this stirring, first-rate account of men at war.”
—Carlo D’Este, author of Eisenhower: A Soldier’s Life

“Stymied by army bureaucrats, forced to climb snowfields without ice axes or crampons, trained in skills that were never properly exploited, the soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division nonetheless became the stuff of myth. Without McKay Jenkins’s meticulous research, the achievements and eccentricities of this remarkable group of men could easily have been forgotten. Instead, they have been brought to life.”
—Anne Fadiman, author of The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

“Few have written about the Army’s elite 10th Mountain Division, and no one has done so as dramatically and with such passion and insight as McKay Jenkins. The perfect war story has, at long last, found the perfect storyteller.”
—Andrew Carroll, editor of War Letters: Extraordinary Correspondence from American Wars

The Last Ridge is one of the very best books yet written about any part of the World War II story. My friend the late Stephen Ambrose would be proud of this work about one of the most fascinating yet little-known records of the mountain ski patrols—both in war and in the peacetime that followed.”
—Senator George McGovern

The Last Ridge is a great untold story of mountaineering and war. It’s a terrific read, sharp with characters, full of real drama, and, best of all, it’s true.”
—Richard Preston, author of The Hot Zone

The Last Ridge, based on skillful interviews with the survivors, is a fine account of a great story, long overdue in the telling, and very well told.”
—Peter Matthiessen, author of The Snow Leopard

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