The Korean War: A History (Google eBook)

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Random House LLC, Jul 27, 2010 - History - 288 pages
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For Americans, it was a discrete conflict lasting from 1950 to 1953. But for the Asian world the Korean War was a generations-long struggle that still haunts contemporary events. With access to new evidence and secret materials from both here and abroad, including an archive of captured North Korean documents, Bruce Cumings reveals the war as it was actually fought. He describes its origin as a civil war, preordained long before the first shots were fired in June 1950 by lingering fury over Japan’s occupation of Korea from 1910 to 1945. Cumings then shares the neglected history of America’s post–World War II occupation of Korea, reveals untold stories of bloody insurgencies and rebellions, and tells of the United States officially entering the action on the side of the South, exposing as never before the appalling massacres and atrocities committed on all sides.

Elegantly written and blisteringly honest, The Korean War is, like the war it illuminates, brief, devastating, and essential.

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Review: The Korean War: A History (Modern Library Chronicles #33)

User Review  - David Roberts - Goodreads

The book I read to research this post was The Korean War: A History by Robert Cumings which is an excellent book which I bought from kindle. This book was written by an American author about a war ... Read full review

Review: The Korean War: A History (Modern Library Chronicles #33)

User Review  - Greg - Goodreads

This book opened my eyes to the constant horrors of the Korean War. It is also narratively incoherent and thus frustrating to read. If only each chapter were as excellent as the penultimate one, which argued for the Korean War as the foundation for the US's international security state. Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Bruce Cumings is the Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor and chair of the Department of History at the University of Chicago, and specializes in modern Korean history and East Asian-American relations. He lives with his family in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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