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Believing it could act with impunity in a world exhausted by war, communist North Korea decided to invade and annex Western-allied South Korea in June 1950. President Harry S. Truman, who feared from the beginning that Korea was "the opening round of World War III," committed U.S. troops to repulse the invaders. America's first "limited" war-and the first armed conflict of the cold war era-had begun. Three years of brutal fighting followed, leading to the deaths of more than half a million North Korean and Chinese soldiers and of more than 50,000 Americans. Korean War, Revised Edition recalls this momentous but largely forgotten event from recent U.S. history.

Chelsea House is proud to announce the updating and revision of its critically acclaimed America At War series. Features of this revised edition include the addition of color images and maps throughout, as well as extra sidebars and a new chapter on weapons and tactics used in the conduct of each war.

Examines the political climate and military situation that led to the Korean War and discusses the key people and events involved in the conflict itself.

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Gr 9 Up-Each of these examinations of American "police action" opens with an introductory chapter that puts readers into the action within the country by following either a general (Schwarzkopf) or a battalion (Korean War) as the fighting begins. Subsequent chapters look at the background to the conflict and the U.S. role as world policeman, and provide comprehensive, chronological coverage of the military action. The books conclude with a discussion of the aftermath of each war and the lessons the United States and its possible adversaries learned from them. Both volumes provide a great deal of information, but they can be dry as they detail the specifics of battle strategies and troop movements. Both Carlisle and Isserman are objective about American goals, successes, and failures. Persian Gulf War does a good job of explaining how the goals of the multination coalition and the decision to end the offensive without removing Hussein created conditions for future conflict. Korean War is a revision of a 1992 title, and although most of the main text is unchanged, numerous sidebars have been added about topics such as the No Gun Ri controversy, and there are six new maps. Both books include numerous maps as well as several average-quality, black-and-white photos in every chapter. While Korean War is not different enough to warrant its purchase for libraries that hold the first edition, both this revision and Persian Gulf War are good choices for libraries that need new materials on these wars.-Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816049394
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2003
  • Series: America at War Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 Task Force Smith 1

Northwest Pacific, 1950 2

North Korean Offensive, Summer 1950 5

Japan: Forward Base for the U.S. War Effort 11

2 Background To War 14

Growth Of The Japanese Empire, 1931-1941 18

Soviet Nuclear Weapons: Why the Korean War Did Not Involve Atomic Warfare 21

Kim Il Sung's 1949-1950 Conversations with Stalin 24

3 Defeat And Retreat 27

A Just War" 32

Fall Of Taejon, July 19-20, 1950 39

End of Segregation in the U.S. Military 42

The No Gun Ri Controversy 44

4 Pusan And Inchon 47

Mobilization of U.S. Reserves in Korea 50

Canada's Role in the Korean War 54

Inchon Campaign, September 15-30, 1950 57

5 Disaster In The North 63

"Two Chinas" Confront Each Other 67

UN Offensive, Fall 1950 71

The U.S. Air Force in the Korean War 76

6 Ridgwaytakes Command 83

Chinese Intervention, November 1950-January 1951 85

Helicopters in the Korean War 90

McCarthyism Reevaluated in Light of New Evidence 97

7 Long Road To Peace 104

"Germ Warfare" and Communist Propaganda 106

U.S. POWs in the Korean War 115

Korean War, 1950-1953 120

8 Weapons And Tactics 122

Inside Inchon 126

Sandbag Castle 130

Jet Fighter Planes 132

9 Lessons From A Forgotten War 136

U.S. Media and the Korean War 137

The Two Koreas a Half-Century after the Korean War 140

Glossary 144

Further Reading 148

Index 151

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