BookTowne Welcomes Bob Drury, Author of "THE LAST HILL"

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BookTowne Welcomes Bob Drury, Author of "THE LAST HILL"

BookTowne & Welcomes Bob Drury, Author of "THE LAST HILL", for Book Signing

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BookTowne 171 Main Street Manasquan, NJ 08736

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It is astonishing to learn of a significant historical event that deserves recognition as a towering achievement yet has largely been forgotten. The Last Hill: The Epic Story of a Ranger Battalion and the Battle that Defined WWII by bestselling authors Bob Drury and Tom Clavin is just such a historical corrective, tracing in exquisite detail the exploits of one of the only American Special Operation units fighting in the European Theater during World War II—the 2nd Ranger Battalion.

Drury and Clavin have been researching and writing this untold story for several years and bring their subject’s rich sweep to life with propulsive readability. Once again availing themselves of contemporaneous journals, military diaries, After-Action reports, and archival interviews, Drury and Clavin tell the story of this heroic battalion in their signature immersive narrative style and vibrant prose. The Last Hill culminates in the moment-by-moment reconstruction of the Rangers’ decisive assault on the tallest, most strategic position deep in Germany’s Hurtgen Forest. The bloody, two-day firefight that followed pitted the battalion against elite German units who were determined to defend “Hill 400” to the death.

The 2nd Ranger Battalion, known as “Rudder’s Rangers” after their commanding officer, Lt. Col. James Earl Rudder, was the most honed and experienced quick-strike attack force under Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower’s command. In December 1944, they were tasked with spearheading the American Army’s drive into Germany, finally taking the war into Hitler’s homeland. Lt. Col. Rudder was given a near-suicidal objective: take, and hold, Hill 400—the book title’s last hill. The battle-hardened battalion had no idea that a combined Wehrmacht force of elite Fallschirmjager paratroopers and top-of-the-line Volksgrenadiers—who vastly outnumbered the Rangers—had been handed the same exact orders. The battle between the two determined foes was one of the bloodiest and most costly of the war.

Hill 400, an imposing 1,320-foot conical rise, was the gateway a desperate Nazi Germany needed to hold to protect its very survival. American regiments from several divisions had previously been repulsed by the tenacious defenders atop the heights—behind which Hitler and his generals were assembling the massive army and machines poised to smash through the encircling Allies in what would come to be known as the Battle of the Bulge. Where earlier attacks had failed, Gen. Eisenhower now needed his Rangers to succeed.

The Last Hill is a powerful and dramatic account of that fight, filled with unforgettable action and characters—a compelling and finely-rendered saga of what the survivors of the 2nd Ranger Battalion would later come to call “our longest day.”

About the Authors

BOB DRURY and TOM CLAVIN are the #1 New York Times bestselling authors of The Heart of Everything That Is, Lucky 666, Halsey’s Typhoon, Last Men Out, and The Last Stand of Fox Company, which won the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation’s General Wallace M. Greene Jr. Award. They live in Manasquan, New Jersey, and Sag Harbor, New York, respectively.