The Coldest Winter

The Coldest Winter
Title The Coldest Winter PDF eBook
Author David Halberstam
Publisher Hachette Books
Total Pages 1040
Release 2007-09-25
Genre History
ISBN 1401389643

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"In a grand gesture of reclamation and remembrance, Mr. Halberstam has brought the war back home."---The New York Times David Halberstam's magisterial and thrilling The Best and the Brightest was the defining book about the Vietnam conflict. More than three decades later, Halberstam used his unrivaled research and formidable journalistic skills to shed light on another pivotal moment in our history: the Korean War. Halberstam considered The Coldest Winter his most accomplished work, the culmination of forty-five years of writing about America's postwar foreign policy. Halberstam gives us a masterful narrative of the political decisions and miscalculations on both sides. He charts the disastrous path that led to the massive entry of Chinese forces near the Yalu River and that caught Douglas MacArthur and his soldiers by surprise. He provides astonishingly vivid and nuanced portraits of all the major figures--Eisenhower, Truman, Acheson, Kim, and Mao, and Generals MacArthur, Almond, and Ridgway. At the same time, Halberstam provides us with his trademark highly evocative narrative journalism, chronicling the crucial battles with reportage of the highest order. As ever, Halberstam was concerned with the extraordinary courage and resolve of people asked to bear an extraordinary burden. The Coldest Winter is contemporary history in its most literary and luminescent form, providing crucial perspective on every war America has been involved in since. It is a book that Halberstam first decided to write more than thirty years ago and that took him nearly ten years to complete. It stands as a lasting testament to one of the greatest journalists and historians of our time, and to the fighting men whose heroism it chronicles.

This Kind of War

This Kind of War
Title This Kind of War PDF eBook
Author T. R. Fehrenbach
Publisher Potomac Books, Inc.
Total Pages 905
Release 2000
Genre Korean War, 1950-1953
ISBN 1597978787

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Updated with maps, photographs, and battlefield diagrams, this special fiftieth anniversary edition of the classic history of the Korean War is a dramatic and hard-hitting account of the conflict written from the perspective of those who fought it. Partly drawn from official records, operations journals, and histories, it is based largely on the compelling personal narratives of the small-unit commanders and their troops. Unlike any other work on the Korean War, it provides both a clear panoramic overview and a sharply drawn you were there account of American troops in fierce combat against th.

The Coldest War

The Coldest War
Title The Coldest War PDF eBook
Author James Brady
Publisher Macmillan Reference USA
Total Pages 0
Release 2000
Genre Korean War, 1950-1953
ISBN 9780783893051

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On the 5oth anniversary of this devastating conflict, James Brady tells the story of his life as a young marine lieutenant in Korea.

Korea: The War before Vietnam

Korea: The War before Vietnam
Title Korea: The War before Vietnam PDF eBook
Author Callum A MacDonald
Publisher Springer
Total Pages 364
Release 1986-10-27
Genre History
ISBN 1349063320

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'...this study of the Korean War...is a noteworthy addition to the literature of this conflict. A sometime brilliant and consistently disturbing work.' D.Clayton James, Mississippi State University '...MacDonald's powerful and richly detailed account of the Korean War renders all the painful details of American involvement. A masterful account that should be widely read.' M.Cantor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

In the Shadow of the Greatest Generation

In the Shadow of the Greatest Generation
Title In the Shadow of the Greatest Generation PDF eBook
Author Melinda L. Pash
Publisher NYU Press
Total Pages 350
Release 2012-11-11
Genre History
ISBN 0814767699

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Largely overshadowed by World War II’s “greatest generation” and the more vocal veterans of the Vietnam era, Korean War veterans remain relatively invisible in the narratives of both war and its aftermath. Yet, just as the beaches of Normandy and the jungles of Vietnam worked profound changes on conflict participants, the Korean Peninsula chipped away at the beliefs, physical and mental well-being, and fortitude of Americans completing wartime tours of duty there. Upon returning home, Korean War veterans struggled with home front attitudes toward the war, faced employment and family dilemmas, and wrestled with readjustment. Not unlike other wars, Korea proved a formative and defining influence on the men and women stationed in theater, on their loved ones, and in some measure on American culture. In the Shadow of the Greatest Generation not only gives voice to those Americans who served in the “forgotten war” but chronicles the larger personal and collective consequences of waging war the American way.

On Desperate Ground

On Desperate Ground
Title On Desperate Ground PDF eBook
Author Hampton Sides
Publisher Anchor
Total Pages 458
Release 2018-10-02
Genre History
ISBN 0385541163

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Blood and Thunder and Ghost Soldiers, a chronicle of the extraordinary feats of heroism by Marines called on to do the impossible during the greatest battle of the Korean War. "Superb ... A masterpiece of thorough research, deft pacing and arresting detail...This war story—the fight to break out of a frozen hell near the Chosin Reservoir—has been told many times before. But Sides tells it exceedingly well, with fresh research, gritty scenes and cinematic sweep." —The Washington Post On October 15, 1950, General Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Commander of UN troops in Korea, convinced President Harry Truman that the Communist forces of Kim Il-sung would be utterly defeated by Thanksgiving. The Chinese, he said with near certainty, would not intervene in the war. As he was speaking, 300,000 Red Chinese soldiers began secretly crossing the Manchurian border. Led by some 20,000 men of the First Marine Division, the Americans moved deep into the snowy mountains of North Korea, toward the trap Mao had set for the vainglorious MacArthur along the frozen shores of the Chosin Reservoir. What followed was one of the most heroic--and harrowing--operations in American military history, and one of the classic battles of all time. Faced with probable annihilation, and temperatures plunging to 20 degrees below zero, the surrounded, and hugely outnumbered, Marines fought through the enemy forces with ferocity, ingenuity, and nearly unimaginable courage as they marched their way to the sea. Hampton Sides' superb account of this epic clash relies on years of archival research, unpublished letters, declassified documents, and interviews with scores of Marines and Koreans who survived the siege. While expertly detailing the follies of the American leaders, On Desperate Ground is an immediate, grunt's-eye view of history, enthralling in its narrative pace and powerful in its portrayal of what ordinary men are capable of in the most extreme circumstances. Hampton Sides has been hailed by critics as one of the best nonfiction writers of his generation. As the Miami Herald wrote, "Sides has a novelist's eye for the propulsive elements that lend momentum and dramatic pace to the best nonfiction narratives."

Brothers at War: The Unending Conflict in Korea

Brothers at War: The Unending Conflict in Korea
Title Brothers at War: The Unending Conflict in Korea PDF eBook
Author Sheila Miyoshi Jager
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
Total Pages 625
Release 2013-07
Genre History
ISBN 0393068498

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A comprehensive history of the Korean War that explains how it started and why it still has not technically ended, and describes how North Korea continues to stockpile weapons while its people go without the basic necessities of life.