Fire and Ice: The Korean War, 1950-1953

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This handy "At A Glance" volume contains an exceptional amount of material on the Korean Conflict, with much information that will be new to virtually all readers, such as dissension between the U.S. and South Korea, the differing treatment of prisoners by the Chinese and North Koreans, the widespread service of Korean nationals in American units, and the important contribution made by Turkey, the British Commonwealth and other nations to the U.N. effort.

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Overview

This handy "At A Glance" volume contains an exceptional amount of material on the Korean Conflict, with much information that will be new to virtually all readers, such as dissension between the U.S. and South Korea, the differing treatment of prisoners by the Chinese and North Koreans, the widespread service of Korean nationals in American units, and the important contribution made by Turkey, the British Commonwealth and other nations to the U.N. effort.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781882810444
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2000
  • Series: History at a Glance Series
  • Pages: 334
  • Sales rank: 1,002,864
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael J. Varhola earned a B.S. in journalism from the University of Maryland, and is a freelance editor and writer living in suburban Washington D.C. During Operation Desert Storn, he served with the 3rd Armored Division in Saudi Arabia and Iraq, and thereafter helped found and run Living History magazine. Michael is the author or editor of numerous articles and books, including Everyday Life During the Civil War.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2001

    I could not put this book down

    I was a small boy when this War was fought. I remember my Father's constant attention to battles won & lost. Varhola has reserched & presented so well. We should remember these soldiers who were lost in this great War. There is so much detail in this book, and yet I found it easy to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2000

    Outstanding Korean Conflict Resource!

    'Fire & Ice' presents the intensity and horror of the Korean conflict, while capturing the courage and spirit of the warring armies in an easy to read and reference format. As a military officer, I found 'Fire & Ice' to be a wonderful research guide offering a detailed overview of the timelines, campaigns, battles and personalities spanning the war. It's now the first book I reach for whenever I have a question related to the Korean War.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2000

    Attention all history buffs!

    This book contains everything you always wanted to know about the Korean War but were afraid to ask. It is certainly a perfect jumping off point and permanent touchstone for anyone who wants to study the war in greater detail...the descriptions of mayhem and weapons that can cause mayhem have the author's very unique mixture of both restraint and verve that keeps the read a brisk one. Certainly a worthy project.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2000

    The best read yet on the Korean War.

    Varhola's easy style makes the wealth of detail in this book a pleasing read. Great research, uncompromising accuracy and easy reading. What more could a buff ask?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2000

    Fire & Ice: a must-read history of the Korean War

    Fire & Ice is about the best Korean War reference book to be found. It contains detailed information about all the U.S., U.N., Chinese, and Korean units involved in this largely forgotten chronical of Asia's military history. It is an excellent road map for anyone researching the history of the Korean War, especially when it comes to figuring out what units fought at what battles. That inlcudes naval and air forces as well. Yet it is not a dull dictonary of place names and facts -- Varhola's pithy style keeps this book moving along. It's a must-read for anyone wanting to know more about the history of the Korean conflict.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2000

    A Careful Accounting of 'the Forgotten War'

    This book is a storehouse of information; the nine-page glossary of acronyms and military terms and the meticulous, 10-page chronology are worth the purchase price by themselves. But the book has more to offer. Varhola's writing style is clear and accessible, and although this book is an exercise in scholarship, the tone is not 'scholarly.' It is divided into logical sections--covering everything from war on the ground and in the air to uniforms, insignia, and personal equipment--and further subdivided into smaller, easily digested entries. In 'Fire and Ice,' Varhola has created a invaluable resource for students, historians, analysts, and the millions whose lives were influenced, directly or indirectly, by 'the Forgotten War.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2000

    An Ideal Resource for Wargamers

    Just as he did in 'Everyday Life During the Civil War,' historian Michael J. Varhola demonstrates an innate understanding for the needs of wargamers in his latest work, an overview of the bloody three-year conflict in Korea. 'Fire & Ice: The Korean War, 1950-1953' [not 'The Korean Conflict, 1950-1953: Fire and Ice,' as listed above] is organized thematically and includes detailed chapters on weapons; uniforms and equipment; battle on land, sea, and in the air; the U.S., U.N., ROK, Chinese, and North Korean forces; the armistice negotiations; and war crimes. Information is provided in a clear, straightforward way, making 'Fire & Ice' an ideal resource for players and designers of wargames and roleplaying games. And there is probably nothing better currently available for anyone desiring a clear, concise, even-handed overview of the war. Another victory for Varhola, and for anyone fortunate enough to read this excellent reference work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2000

    What the Korean War was all about

    All the current Korean War commemorations here in the Washington D.C. made me realize how little I really knew about it. I was so pleased to find FIRE AND ICE. It was easy and enjoyable to read and really helped me understand what the war was all about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2000

    The Best Korean War Book

    Having been to Korea and having read a great deal on the subject of this nearly forgotten conflict, I didn't expect much from Fire and Ice. Boy, was I ever wrong! The book is crisp, fast reading and chock full of content. Provides a great read for the expert or the the novice. Lot's of hard to find information makes this a must reference book on the subject. It's all here: on air, land and sea. Units, weapons and tactics of both sides and our UN Allies. Then there is the fun stuff like the review of Korean War flicks. This is the best book I have found on the web! Enjoy...

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