The Forgotten War: America in Korea, 1950-1953

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Anchor Books, 1989 - History - 1136 pages
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This history of the Korean War offers a complete and detailed portrayal of the conflict. Clay Blair, a military writer, is credited with taking a close and blistering look at high-level defense policy with ground-level leadership of the U.S. Army. He supports his analysis with official records and interviews with participants as well as his own deep knowledge of Washington personalities and politics. Blair's book captures the intensity of the conflict through the eyes of senior officers, explaining defeats and victories from the perspective of the U.S. battalion, regiment, and division commanders responsible for the progress of the war. Highly critical of General Douglas MacArthur's leadership during the period, Blair also takes President Truman to task for his misjudgments and occasionally faults the conduct of corps and division commanders while offering instinting praise for Gen.. Matthew Ridgway's turn around of a demoralized field army. This day-by-day, unit-by-unit account of what went on provides details unmatched in other books on the subject.

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User Review  - carterchristian1 - LibraryThing

The author is severely critical of Truman's leadership as Commander in Chief and his relationship to the military. This is a very long bookand obviously covers much of the war but there is much to add, even today. Read full review

Contents

Eve of
3
Drawing a Line
63
Retreat to the Pusan Perimeter
117
Copyright

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About the author (1989)

Blair served in the Navy in WWII in submarine service. He served from 1950-60 as a Washington journalist for Time-Life and the Saturday Evening Post. He was the first journalist to go to sea on the new Tang-class submarine Trigger, and other submarines.

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