Conflict: The History of the Korean War, 1950-1953

Conflict: The History of the Korean War, 1950-1953

by Robert Leckie
     
 

In June 1950 Communist forces poured across the 38th Parallel (the arbitrary, militarily indefensible line of latitude separating the Communist North from the independent Republic of Korea) to unite the country by force. Three bloody, bitter years of fighting ensued during which the seesawing fortunes of this frustrating war thwarted North Korea's ambitions while

Overview

In June 1950 Communist forces poured across the 38th Parallel (the arbitrary, militarily indefensible line of latitude separating the Communist North from the independent Republic of Korea) to unite the country by force. Three bloody, bitter years of fighting ensued during which the seesawing fortunes of this frustrating war thwarted North Korea's ambitions while treating the ill-equipped, overconfident UN peacekeeping forces, mostly Americans, no less harshly. Conflict examines the war in all its military, political, and human dimensions: the battles at Pusan Perimeter, at Inchon, at Chosin Reservoir, at Heartbreak Ridge; significant figures like Syngman Rhee, Kim Il Sung, Ridgway, MacArthur, and Truman; controversies like MacArthur's dismissal, the difficulties of P.O.W. exchanges, and charges of brainwashing and germ warfare; as well as penetrating analyses of the performance of the American soldier, and the war's effect on the U.S. military and our national psyche. As such, Conflict stands as an unsurpassed, vivid contribution to history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306807169
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
08/22/1996
Pages:
488
Sales rank:
1,308,709
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Robert Leckie's many books include Conflict: The History of the Korean War, 1950–1953,Okinawa, George Washington’s War, From Sea to Shining Sea, None Died in Vain and Delivered from Evil. He lives in Andover, New Jersey.

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