Korea: The First War We Lost

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The Korean War was the third most devastating war in history. According to the author, this book demonstrates "that Western leaders, especially those from the US, received ample signals that, had the leaders responded to them, could have prevented the entry of Red China into the war and, even after Communist China did enter, could have ended the war much sooner and at much less cost." B&w historical photos are included. Alexander has written several works of military history and was a combat historian during ...
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Overview

The Korean War was the third most devastating war in history. According to the author, this book demonstrates "that Western leaders, especially those from the US, received ample signals that, had the leaders responded to them, could have prevented the entry of Red China into the war and, even after Communist China did enter, could have ended the war much sooner and at much less cost." B&w historical photos are included. Alexander has written several works of military history and was a combat historian during the Korean War. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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This intriguing and controversial book written by professional Army historian Alexander sets out to show both the politics and combat of the Korean War as they actually were -- rife with tactical and strategic blunders made by the leaders.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This intriguing analysis presents a clear and readable account of the military aspects of the Korean war, while shedding light on the political, diplomatic and social aspects of the conflict. Photos, maps. (July)
Library Journal
This respectable and fast-moving study is the first to be written by a professional Army historian. Appropriately, it is as much about politics as combat, and Bevin does a superb job of placing the war in the context of domestic and international affairs. Frequently partisan and often controversial, he capably challenges many of the traditional interpretations of American policy. MacArthur comes across as a military genius and a strategic madman. The combat descriptions are lucid, with good maps; it is easy to follow the military action from grand strategy down to the squad level. The book is historically more complete than Joseph Goulden's Korea ( LJ 2/1/82) and deserves a place in most public collections. Raymond L. Puffer, U.S. Air Force History Prog., Los Angeles
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In a newly revised edition, Bevin Alexander's Korea: The First War We Lost continues to be an exhaustive, scholarly exploration of the causes and effects of American involvement in the Korean War. Alexander, a combat historian during the Korean War and commander of the 5th Historical Detachment, points out the U.S. succeeded in stopping North Korean aggression, but failed in its attempt to destroy the North Korean state and eliminate this strategic shield protecting China's heartland. Alexander's informative and comprehensive text is enhanced with thirteen maps and is a seminal contribution to American military studies in general, and the Korean conflict in particular.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870521355
  • Publisher: Hippocrene Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/1986
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 0.10 (w) x 0.10 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Updated Edition ix
List of Abbreviations xiii
1. June 25, 1950 1
2. How Did It Happen? 6
3. Partition 10
4. Hands Off Taiwan and Korea 16
5. Attack Across the 38th 25
6. Decision in Washington 32
7. War and the Quarantine of Taiwan 36
8. The Army of the United Nations 42
9. Goodbye to the Good Times 46
10. The Teenagers Stand and Fight 53
11. Withdrawal in Disorder 63
12. One Bonanza, Several Defeats 68
13. The Kum River 76
14. Taepyong-ni 82
15. Taejon 92
16. The Ghost Division 108
17. Retreat to the Naktong 116
18. The First Counteroffensive 126
19. The Days Along the Naktong 133
20. "We Are Going to Hold This Line" 141
21. Forging a Sword of Vengeance 148
22. MacArthur v. the Joint Chiefs 155
23. MacArthur Calls on Chiang Kai-shek 163
24. The Decision on Inchon 169
25. MacArthur Alienates Truman 176
26. The North Koreans Try Once More 180
27. The Joint Chiefs Get Cold Feet 188
28. Inchon 194
29. The Assault on Seoul 211
30. Breakout from the Perimeter 219
31. The United States Decides to Conquer 228
32. Red China Warns the United States 240
33. Up to the Chongchon River 249
34. Destination: The Yalu River 254
35. The Warning Blow Falls 261
36. Disaster at Unsan 269
37. The Lost Battalion 278
38. The Chinese Back Off 283
39. A Time to Reconsider 287
40. Empty Rhetoric on the Potomac 293
41. A Different Kind of Army 299
42. Attack into the Unknown 307
43. The "Home-by-Christmas" Offensive 312
44. The March to the Sea 320
45. The Agony of the Three Battalions 328
46. An Act of Defiance 340
47. The Breakout 353
48. MacArthur Panics 368
49. Back to the 38th Parallel 374
50. The New Year's Eve Offensive 379
51. Acheson's Calculated Risk 387
52. North to the Kansas Line 399
53. MacArthur Finally Does It 405
54. The MacArthur Hearings 414
55. The Spring Offensive 418
56. Talking Peace and Practicing War 426
57. The Bloody Ridges 438
58. Another Try for Peace 449
59. The POWs Seize the Stage 456
60. Rhee the Despot, Clark the Hawk 464
61. Others Take a Hand 471
62. The Final Crisis 477
63. The Long Shadow of the Korean War 484
Notes 493
Index 549
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