From the Publisher
Hailed by military living legends such as General Anthony Zinni (“brilliant account”) and Admiral Jeremiah Denton (“a powerful book”), Ride the Thunder recounts the exploits of the American Marines and their South Vietnamese allies largely responsible for thwarting the North Vietnamese invasion of the northern portions of South Vietnam—known as the “Easter Offensive of 1972” in the West—intended to bring the nation to its knees. Botkin brings to life the gripping stories of:
• Captain John Ripley’s daring raid to destroy the Dong Ha Bridge.
• Major Le Ba Binh and his seven hundred Marines bravely holding off more than twenty thousand North Vietnamese troops.
• Lieutenant Colonel Gerry Turley’s leadership and bravery in turning back the Easter Offensive.