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The Korean War

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The Korean War

By Max Hastings

Touchstone Books, Paperback, 9780671668341, 391pp.

Publication Date: October 15, 1988

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 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.


About the Author
Max Hastings is the author of Overlord and Bomber Command and the coauthor of Battle for the Falklands. Editor of The Daily Telegraph, he lives in London, England.


Praise For The Korean War

Hugh Sidey
Time

A top-drawer book by a splendid historian.


Drew Middleton
The New York Times

Admirable...penetrating.


Stephen E. Ambrose
author 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.


Richard M. Nixon


Must reading for any American who wants to understand one of the watershed events of the post-World War II period.


Alistair Horne
author of The Price of Glory

Fair and immensely readable...a major contribution to more than just military history....Max Hastings is among the ablest of the younger generation of British military historians....He now illuminates the struggle that changed all perceptions of the post-1945 world.