Korean War

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 15, 1988 - History - 391 pages
It was the first war we could not win. At no other time since World War II have two superpowers met in battle.

Now Max Hastings, preeminent military historian takes us back to the bloody bitter struggle to restore South Korean independence after the Communist invasion of June 1950. Using personal accounts from interviews with more than 200 vets—including the Chinese—Hastings follows real officers and soldiers through the battles. He brilliantly captures the Cold War crisis at home—the strategies and politics of Truman, Acheson, Marshall, MacArthur, Ridgway, and Bradley—and shows what we should have learned in the war that was the prelude to Vietnam.
 

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THE KOREAN WAR

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An overview of the 1950-53 "police action" that ranks with T.R. Fehrenbach's This Kind of War and Bevin Alexander's Korea (1986). Having interviewed over 200 American, British, Canadian, and Chinese ... Read full review

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The Korean War has been misunderstood and neglected. Hastings had the unique opportunity of interviewing Chinese and North Korean veterans, a source denied to most Western historians. He shows how ... Read full review

Contents

Foreword
9
Task Force Smith
15
Walkers War
76
The Dismissal of Mac Arthur
197
The Stony Road
228
The Intelligence War
243
The War on the Hills
270
The Prisoners
286
The Pursuit of Peace
305
Hindsight
330
Chronology
345
Select Bibliography and a Note on Sources
361
List of Maps
378
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Max Hastings is the author of Overlord and Bomber Command and the coauthor of Battle for the Falklands. Editor of The Daily Telegraph, he lives in London, England.

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