The Korean War

The Korean War

A History

Book - 2010
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The Korean War, More than any other war in modern times, is surrounded by residues and slippages of memory. The Great War's place is indelible, its annihilating violence a permanent reminder of war's carnage. World War II was the good war, an outright victory to be celebrated. Vietnam tore the United States apart. With Korea there is less a presence than an absence; thus the default reflexive American name: "the forgotten war." For years I rejected the "forgotten war" rubric; the unknown war seemed much better. But for Americans Korea is both: a forgotten war and a never-known war. For Americans Korea is just one among several wars best forgotten, just another transient episode among a myriad of interventions in Third World countries that do not bear close examination, but have unsettling ways of coming back to haunt us. Book jacket.
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780679643579
Branch Call Number: 951 .9042 CUM
Characteristics: xix, 288 p. :,ill., maps ;,22 cm


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May 07, 2013

This is unique presentation of events on the Korean peninsula before during and after the Korean War--a war more deliberately unknown than forgotten, Cumings argues. Chronology is taken care of in the early chapter, and then Cumings provides gripping analysis of the roles played by all involved, especially in formal suppression of info about the war's great devastation.

KEVIN DOWD Oct 25, 2012

clear and in-depth picture of causes and effects of the war...

The USA supported the elilte landowners tht collaborated with the Japanesse during their occupation of Korea.

We came in and killed the peasants who thought they we going to finally gain control of the land they needed to feed their family... ha ha!!

also, when we started losing.. we bombed the crap out of the entire north and destroyed every house, factory, bridge, road, plant, and even bombed the dams that provided irrigation for 80% of the food produced before the war! lol take that!

Jul 08, 2012

Summary of the politics of the Korean War. The similarities among the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Iraq War are implicit.

Jan 15, 2011

If you are are a bit skeptical about the Axis of Evil label and don't understand (make that believe) stated US foreign policy you might find this history enlightening. Once again we eventually find things are not as BLACK and WHITE as we have been lead to believe.

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