The Korean War

The Korean War

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by Matthew B. Ridgway
     
 

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In December 1950 General Matthew B. Ridgway replaced General Walton Walker as commander of the Eighth Army, and in April 1951 he succeeded Douglas MacArthur as supreme commander of the United Nations forces in Korea and supreme commander of the United States Far East Command. In this spirited book, General Ridgway describes how he took a dispirited army and rebuilt

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In December 1950 General Matthew B. Ridgway replaced General Walton Walker as commander of the Eighth Army, and in April 1951 he succeeded Douglas MacArthur as supreme commander of the United Nations forces in Korea and supreme commander of the United States Far East Command. In this spirited book, General Ridgway describes how he took a dispirited army and rebuilt it in a few short months, leading it into battle against the Chinese and North Korean forces, forcing them back over the 38th parallel and ”victory.” It is a book that takes a close look at MacArthur, his failings and brilliance, and a hard look at the idea of limited war. Infused with a humane leader’s appreciation for the ordinary fighting soldier, Ridgway’s history also teaches important lessons about Vietnam and any future conflict. Above all, he emphasizes: We should not involve ourselves in escalating warfare without a specific and attainable goal.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306802676
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
03/28/1986
Series:
Quality Paperbacks Series
Pages:
364
Product dimensions:
5.48(w) x 8.51(h) x 0.90(d)

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Matthew B. Ridgway, General, U.S. Army, is retired. In December, 1950, Ridgway replaced General Walton Walker as commander of the Eighth Army, and in April, 1951, he succeeded Douglas MacArthur as supreme commander of the United Nations forces in Korea and supreme commander of the United States Far East Command.

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The Korean War 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
SoldierScholar More than 1 year ago
While Ridgway offers little that was new at the time of publishing (1967), it is interesting to view events through the eyes of a senior officer such as he. The chapters that are particularly engaging are, of course, those in which Ridgway commanded the Eighth Army in Korea. The book offers a top-down view of the war and eschews the point of view of common soldiers. This is unfortunate, but if this book is read concurrently with more recent works (like "Give Me Tomorrow"), then a working knowledge of the war can be gained from all levels. This book should be read by all military officers at some point in their careers, but those in leadership positions or the combat arms should make it a priority during their Lieutenant years.