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The Korean War

A History

July 12, 2011 | Trade paperback
ISBN: 9780812978964
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Description

A BRACING ACCOUNT OF A WAR THAT IS EITHER MISUNDERSTOOD, FORGOTTEN, OR WILLFULLY IGNORED
 
For Americans, it was a discrete conflict lasting from 1950 to 1953. But for the Asian world the Korean War was a generations-long struggle that still haunts contemporary events. With access to new evidence and secret materials from both here and abroad, including an archive of captured North Korean documents, Bruce Cumings reveals the war as it was actually fought. He describes its origin as a civil war, preordained long before the first shots were fired in June 1950 by lingering fury over Japan's occupation of Korea from 1910 to 1945. Cumings then shares the neglected history of America's post-World War II occupation of Korea, reveals untold stories of bloody insurgencies and rebellions, and tells of the United States officially entering the action on the side of the South, exposing as never before the appalling massacres and atrocities committed on all sides.

Elegantly written and blisteringly honest, The Korean War is, like the war it illuminates, brief, devastating, and essential.

About this Author

Bruce Cumings is the Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor and chair of the Department of History at the University of Chicago, and specializes in modern Korean history and East Asian-American relations.

ISBN: 9780812978964
Format: Trade paperback
Series: Modern Library Chronicles
Pages: 320
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Published: 2011-07-12

Reviews

"A powerful revisionist history . . . a sobering corrective."--The New York Times

"Worth reading . . . This work raises the question of what Korea can tell us about the outlook for Iraq and Afghanistan."--Financial Times

"Well-sourced [and] elegantly presented."--The Wall Street Journal

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