The Korean War

The Korean War

by Max Hastings
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Almost Thirty years on and still arguably the best history on the Korean War. What Max Hastings did in this book was to give a truly rounded picture of these "Olympian" (as he often says) characters of history: Truman, MacArthur, Ridgeway, Sherman, and the list goes on. We see them in their greatness and their folly. Their most human and their most infallible. In reading this, you cannot help but get an overwhelming sense of how these men responded to a world which was completely new and whose rules had changed beyond their comprehension at times. What's sometimes most interesting is the subtext. The things left unsaid but suggested that the author allows the reader to imagine. The author also shows a deeply intimate portrait of the soldiers and the citizen of that blasted, frozen, and staring land that Korea would become during the years of war. One gets a true sense of the scars that marked every person who had to experience that event first hand.The writer is British, and he may sometimes give an American the sense that he his Anti-American, but nothing could be further from the truth in this reviewer's opinion. He is merely giving an accurate and balanced picture of the American troubles during the war, as well as addressing the brutality of the enemies we faced and our inability to face them at times. As an example: "Bug out fever," the troubling habit of American soldiers to run at the first sign of being flanked, was truly a problem and the writer lays it bear. At the outset of the war American the 8th Army was poorly trained and poorly equipped psychologically to fight a war, and that bore itself out in tragic ways. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago