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ISBN: 0330302655
Author: Max Hastings
Language: English
Publisher: Simon & Schuster; New Ed edition (1988)
Pages: 512
Category: Asia
Subcategory: History
Rating: 4.3
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This book is well worth the read.

Now Max Hastings, preeminent military historian takes us back to the bloody bitter struggle to restore South Korean independence after the Communist invasion of June 1950. Korean War - Max Hastings. Prologue: task force smith. He brilliantly captures the Cold War crisis at home-the strategies and politics of Truman, Acheson, Marshall, MacArthur, Ridgway, and Bradley-and shows what we should have learned in the war that was the prelude to Vietnam.

Now Max Hastings, preeminent military historian, takes us back to the bloody, bitter, struggle to restore South Korean independence after the Communist invasion of June 1950.

This is a list of books about the Korean War. Russ, Martin. Breakout: The Chosin Reservoir Campaign, Korea 1950, Penguin, 2000, 464 pages, ISBN 0-14-029259-4. Hallion, Richard P. The Naval Air War in Korea (1986)

This is a list of books about the Korean War. The Naval Air War in Korea (1986). Warrell, Kenneth P. "Across the Yalu: Rules of Engagement and the Communist Air Sanctuary during the Korean Wa. Journal of Military History 7. (2008): 451–76. J. Airborne – A Combat History Of American Airborne Forces, The Random House Publishing Group, 2002.

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This greatest Korean War book list contains various bits of information, such as the author's names and what genre the books fall under. Many great authors have written books about Korean War, including James Salter and Stanley Weintraub.

Critically acclaimed on publication, The Korean War remains the best narrative history of this conflict. Пользовательский отзыв - LynnB - LibraryThing. Max Hastings is a very good writer

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Stephen E. Ambroseauthor of "Eisenhower: The President" and "Nixon: The Education of a Politician"Rings true and will surely stand the test of time....Max Hastings has no peer as a writer of battlefield history. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. Max Hastings' study draws on first hand accounts of those who fought on both sides to produce this reassessment of the Korean War.


I really enjoyed this book. Even though it is rather lengthy, is written in such a way that keeps the reader's attention. Within it there is history that I have not yet heard before. Case in point would be about the UN prisoner compounds located on offshore islands. I've only heard accounts of them mentioned in passing in other books. There has been some criticism about the fact that it goes heavily into the British presence in Korea. This might be the case, but it's refreshing to hear another source of the history of the conflict. If you have read this author's other works you will find this to be a worthwhile read. I highly recommend it.
This is the best book on the subject I have read so far. The author is British and therefore has no patriotic ax to grind about either the motives or the performance of the United States in this war. He acknowledges that Syngman Rhee was a brutal and corrupt dictator who committed numberless atrocities against his own people, but he makes a compelling argument that the regime under Kim Il Sung was far worse, and given the status of North Korea today the argument is hard to refute. The Americans were guilty of ignorance and lack of tactical vision, but Hastings affirms that their motives for fighting the war were sound. Here is his concluding statement: "If the Korean War was a frustrating, profoundly unsatisfactory experience, more than thirty-five years later it still seems a struggle that the West was utterly right to fight."
The book takes a look at the war from the British view of the conflict. It has the useful overview of the conflict from the strategic stage and then moves down to the operational. He has severe criticism of MacArthur, attempts to reinforce the grace that GEN Walker commanded in losing situation, and highlights the complete turnaround of the UN forces under GEN Ridgeway after the death of GEN Walker; he offers no explanation why one was effective and one was not. To the book, he adds the discussion of some the allies, in particular the British forces.

One comment: The cover. It is classic photograph of war. Sometimes the media shows heroic action which some dismiss as propaganda while other media show mundane shots which other dismiss as not showing the real war. Some show this type of shot. In all wars, some Soldiers ... either to inexperience, heavy battle, or lack of confidence (leadership). This shot too is not the real war. Many Soldiers, combat Soldiers, do and will break. But, most come and fight and leave ... changed but not destroyed ... it is a matter of attitude. Mr. Hastings' book Nemesis highlights one English Soldier who fought in North Africa and then went to fight the South Pacific. His biggest complaint was the rain, not the war. He was confident and resilient and he came home relatively fine. The ones that have friends do well in war. An equally famous shot, that could have been used was one where one Soldier comforted his buddy. It is a western opinion that wars can not be won and end like this picture; the rest of the world does not have this opinion.
Hasting's military histories are uniformly excellent - this one is no exception. For the American reader the book is particularly interesting in that the emphasis is on Commonwealth forces. I recommend it.
Fewer books probably have been written about the Korean War than any other war in American history (whether or not officially declared by Congress). That certainly is so if the metric is books per number of American deaths. In Korea, over 33,000 Americans were killed (about 60% of the death toll in Vietnam, where war was waged for three times as long). Why is the Korean War so little known? A fascinating question, and one which surely sticks in the craw of the thousands of still living veterans of the War.

As I was among those inexcusably ignorant about the Korean War, I decided to embark on a modest self-education program, beginning with THE KOREAN WAR by Max Hastings. I am pleased to report that the book, even after twenty-five years, is an excellent general introduction to the War.

Hastings is British, and his book certainly highlights British participation more than an American writer's probably would. But Hastings recognizes, and his book reflects, the vastly greater role of the United States in the prosecution of the War. (In contrast, Great Britain and the Commonwealth countries lost 1,263 killed. Of course, it also should be mentioned that the South Korean Army lost 415,000 killed and around two million non-combatant Koreans lost their lives.) The book covers well both the political and the military aspects of the war, although if a reader wants to focus on only one of those aspects, Hastings's book is not the one to get. In addition, Hastings's THE KOREAN WAR, interwoven as it is with many eyewitness accounts, is written in an easily readable almost journalistic fashion. Even so, it strikes me as responsible, balanced history.

Here are some of the matters covered in Hastings's book:

* North Korea, under its tyrannical strongman Kim Il Sun, was the aggressor. Neither the Soviet Union nor China was "behind" North Korea's invasion of the South, which ignited the War on June 25, 1950.

* While the amphibious landing at Inchon was General MacArthur's masterstroke, one that may well have saved South Korea from Communist domination, overall MacArthur's performance in Korea was a sad and sorry final chapter of his public life. In his dealings with Truman and the Joint Chiefs of Staff he was guilty of gross insubordination. Among his irresponsible proposals was "to create an impassable boundary between the forces of communism and those of freedom by sowing a no-man's-land with radioactive waste."

* But it was not just MacArthur who considered waging nuclear war. There are many indications that the Administration and/or the Joint Chiefs of Staff seriously (or more seriously than we now would like to think) entertained the notion of employing nuclear weapons both against North Korea and against China.

* In matters of diplomacy, intelligence, and military tactics and courage, the performance of the U.S. in Korea left much to be desired and might even be characterized as embarrassing. Individual instances are far too numerous to recite here, so I will limit myself to one. The failure of the U.S. to realize that the Chinese were prepared to respond in massive force to the drive to the Yalu River and North Korea's border with China in the fall of 1950 "reflected a contempt for intelligence [and] for the cardinal principles of military prudence seldom matched in twentieth-century warfare." Indeed, it probably ranks close in arrant foolhardiness to Stalin's blinding himself to the imminence of Nazi Germany's invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941.

* Syngman Rhee, our man in Seoul, was responsible for vast corruption and brutal atrocities. With the shameful backing of the U.S., he rendered the process of law virtually non-existent in Seoul. The only thing that can be said in his favor was that he was less ruthless than Kim Il Sung, his counterpart in Pyongyang. [Addendum (1 Nov. 2012): I have now read "The Korean War: A History" by Bruce Cumings, and among the points on which he differs from Max Hastings is this one in particular. With the benefit of information made public in the twenty-five years since Hastings wrote his book, including information released in South Korea after true democracy was introduced there in the 1990s, it seems clear that between 1945 and 1955 the South had even less regard for human life, including the lives of women and children, than did the North.]

* The American sponsorship of an anti-democratic strongman is just one of many similarities that might be drawn between Korea and Vietnam. Again, I don't have room to list them. Suffice it to say that the experience in Korea should have provided many lessons applicable to Vietnam that, unfortunately, the U.S. either did not recognize or did not heed.

* There were countless atrocities perpetrated by the armies on both sides during the Korean War. No doubt those committed by the Communists (and the South Koreans) were worse and more numerous than those committed by the U.S. Still, Americans tended to treat Koreans and Chinese as if they were near-animals. For example, "the evidence is overwhelming that conditions among the [POW camps run by Americans] would have been considered barbaric by, say, the inmates of a POW camp in Germany in 1943."

In this review, I have listed more negative aspects of the Korean War (from the Western/American perspective) than positive ones. One should not conclude from that, however, that Max Hastings, overall, has a condemnatory attitude towards the war. Indeed, he ends the book with this sentence: "If the Korean War was a frustrating, profoundly unsatisfactory experience, more than thirty-five years later it still seems a struggle that the West was utterly right to fight."
Fantastic history of the Korean War, Hastings is one of the very best. What makes him unique is besides giving you all the details, he constantly has input from front line troops and civilians (both sides in many areas) as this all proceeded - allowing you to have a good picture of what was happening at the macro and micro level.
I thought I would brush up on my knowledge of the first Korean War before the second one kicks off. Max Hastings is always a good read. It’s to read about the mistakes we made in Korea, in that we seem to repeat them in every generation.
Written more objectively, in the context of when it was written, the author does a good job of illustrating the strategic overview of the war.

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