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Korean War

ISBN-10: 067166834X
ISBN-13: 9780671668341
Edition: 1988 (Reprint)
Authors: Max Hastings
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Description: It was the first war we could not win. At no other time since World War II have two superpowers met in battle. Now Max Hastings, preeminent military historian takes us back to the bloody bitter struggle to restore South Korean independence after the  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 1988
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 10/15/1988
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

It was the first war we could not win. At no other time since World War II have two superpowers met in battle. 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. Using personal accounts from interviews with more than 200 vets -- including the Chinese -- Hastings follows real officers and soldiers through the battles. 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.

British journalist, editor, and historian Max Hastings was born on December 28, 1945. He was a foreign correspondent for BBC television and London's Evening Standard, for which he later served as editor from 1996 to 2001. Hastings also worked as editor and editor-in-chief of The Daily Telegraph. In addition to presenting BBC historical documentaries and writing numerous books of military history, Hastings has contributed to publications including the Daily Mail, The Guardian, and the New York Review of Books. He received the nonfiction Somerset Maugham Award for Bomber Command, as well as the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year Prize for both Overlord and The Battle for the Falklands. His title Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2013. Hastings was knighted in 2002, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and from 2002-2007 was President of the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

Foreword
Prologue: Task Force Smith
Origins of a Tragedy
Invasion
The West's Riposte
Washington
Tokyo
Seoul
Walker's War
Retreat to the Naktong
Dressing Ranks
The Pusan Perimeter
Inchon
To the Brink: MacArthur Crosses the Parallel
The Coming of the Chinese
Chosin: The Road from the Reservoir
The Winter of Crisis
The Big Bugout
Washington and Tokyo
The Arrival of Ridgway
Nemesis: The Dismissal of MacArthur
The Struggle on the Imjin
The Stony Road
Toward Stalemate
Panmunjom
The Cause
The Intelligence War
The Battle in the Air
The War on the Hills
The Prisoners
The Pursuit of Peace
Koje-do
"I Shall Go to Korea"
The Last Act
Hindsight
Chronology
Notes and References
Select Bibliography and a Note on Sources
Appendix
Acknowledgments
Index
List of Maps
Korea
The Invasion of South Korea
From Inchon to Seoul
The Chinese Intervention
Retreat from the Chosin Reservoir
The Battle of the Imjin River

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