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Posted October 13, 2001
This book is simply outstanding. The war is described as a military lesson by viewing the blunders that led to war, going as far back as the Russo-Japanese war of 1904-1905 to traces causes and events. The factor of human suffering in war is depicted throughout, to put a historical 'human face' on the wars which are often merely described as battles and actions with broad colored arrows. The impact of culture is brought into play by contrasting the performances of different nations' military personnel in the field of combat and in the POW camps. And to top it off, the author transliterates the Korean names for many of the major players and roles, instead of addressing all the players from his own point of view. Read this book, and you will gain an understanding of the lessons of history and war. 'It is while men talk blithely of the lessons of history that they ignore them.'Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 9, 2001
I have read virtually every book written on the Korean conflict and none can touch this book. If our current civilian leadership and their Liddell Hart-wanna be swamis screwing up the military would read it then they might not repeat the horrendous mistakes described here.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 25, 1999
This is a timeless classic on warfare and how America responds to armed conflict. No other book that I've read during my 12 years in the Army has described battle, its effects on soldiers, and the hardships of warfare so well. If you only read one book about the Korean War this should be it. Written before Vietnam, the book foretells some of the problems of that war with eerie accuracy. I found myself shaking my head as I read similiarities between the pre Korean army and the active army today.
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