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Author: Bruce Cumings
ISBN: 0679643575
Language: English
Pages: 320 pages
Category: Military
Publisher: Modern Library; 1 edition (July 27, 2010)
Rating: 4.4
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The Korean War: A History. Modern Library Chronicles

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As Cumings eloquently explains, for the Asian world the Korean War was a generations-long fight filled with untold stories of bloody insurgencies and rebellions, massacres and atrocities.

But as Bruce Cumings eloquently explains, for the Asian world the Korean War was a generations-long fight that still haunts contemporary events.

A bracing account of a war that lingers in our collective memory as both ambiguous and unjustly ignored For Americans, it was a discrete conflict lasting from 1950 to 1953 that has long been overshadowed by World War II, Vietnam, and the War on Terror. But as Bruce Cumings eloquently explains, for the Asian world the Korean War was a generations-long fight that still haunts contemporary events. And in a very real way, although its true roots and repercussions continue to be either misunderstood, forgotten, or willfully ignored, it is the war that helped form modern America’s relationship to the world.With access to new evidence and secret materials from both here and abroad, including an archive of captured North Korean documents, Cumings reveals the war as it was actually fought. He describes its start 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, the untold stories of bloody insurgencies and rebellions, and the powerful militaries organized and equipped by America and the Soviet Union in that divided land. He tells of the United States officially entering the action on the side of the South, and exposes as never before the appalling massacres and atrocities committed on all sides and the “oceans of napalm” dropped on the North by U.S. forces in a remarkably violent war that killed as many as four million Koreans, two thirds of whom were civilians.In sobering detail, The Korean War chronicles a U.S. home front agitated by Joseph McCarthy, where absolutist conformity discouraged open inquiry and citizen dissent. Cumings incisively ties our current foreign policy back to Korea: an America with hundreds of permanent military bases abroad, a large standing army, and a permanent national security state at home, the ultimate result of a judicious and limited policy of containment evolving into an ongoing and seemingly endless global crusade.Elegantly written and blisteringly honest, The Korean War is, like the war it illuminates, brief, devastating, and essential.
Comments (7)
This is not a typical 'war history'. The first chapter is a short summary of the battle years, but the book is a more scholarly work that situates that war in the history of China, Korea, Japan and the U.S. How did the war come about? What events, forces and personalities played a role in it's inception and ensuing history. Highly recommend but don't imagine it's a quick read. That said, it is an enjoyable read and it will teach you more than your expectations.
If you come to this book believing you will read about the glories of G I Joe, the heroics of Inchon, and how Americans prevailed and saved South Korea from Lord knows what all, THIS ISN'T THAT BOOK. On the other hand, if you want to learn more about American force projection, partnership with and participation in atrocities worthy of the worst of WW II Nazis, then settle back and hang on to the handrail because the ride is leaving the station. You won't want to do it but once.
The author seemed to loosely follow the timeline. I kinda got lost a few times. Not knowing much about the Korean War, this book gave me an interesting insight into what happened.
This book is a demystifying account of the origins, development, and consequences of the Korean War. The colonial legacy and occupation of Korea by Japan is considered and discussed as a key juncture in Korea's tragic history. The defeat of Japan and the very influential presence of American and Soviet forces as a major catalyst in the political development of the Korean society is intelligently discussed. The catastrophic and traumatic experience of the Korean War are analyzed; Cumings rightly emphasizes on the savagery of this conflict(astonishing death and suffering experienced by socially fragile agrarian society)and the rarely discussed destruction of Korean cities after 1950. Cumings argues that this war did not only dramatically change destiny of the Korean nation, but also deeply impacted and forged the direction of the foreign policy of the U.S...I highly recommend this very intelligent book.
Good for learning socio-political backstory of the war. The peninsula is more coherent per history with China-Manchuria, Russsia, modern Jorean states, Japan, and America. NOT a good history of actual military maneuvers during the war. Took off one star. Also the author can be considered left of center, not outright biased or unacademic, but his choice of focus is definitely deliberate. Not a lot of histories discuss SOUTHERN atrocities. This book almost exclusively discusses these. This author meant to correct an academic imbalance in understanding o the DPRK. He did NOT set out to explain the military operations, movements, or maneuvers of the war.
A bit preachy, but if you take the time you get a great perspective on the background for our current predicament.
Besides the military history it showcases the u.s. support of a brutal dictator who murdered his own people a precursor to Vietnam and Afghanistan it appears the US never learns not to back dictators
Incredible history that was very enlightening. I’ve got 2 history degrees but I’ve not been exposed to the horrors of this misadventure by our civilian & military leaders during that period in our nations history.