I was educated into oblivion but have overcome it and am having a wonderful life
My dad was in the Korean "War" and I very much appreciate having a resource to go to to find out what he went through as a young man barely out of his teens.
He'd been in the Merchant Marines in WW2 and then Korea. Now I have a historical perspective of his life as a soldier.
My dad has already listened to this audible book several times. Several of his friends were interviewed for the book.
I've downloaded another book for him by the same author.
Yes, as a good background to a view of the Korean War.
Disappointed at how biased the book was against some characters. He writes with an ax to grind.
He is the consummate performer. He could read the phone book and I think it would be interesting.
Yes as I like the Korean War story.
The whole story comes down to whether or not you thought the Chinese were going to enter the war. MacArthur did not, which is a very reasonable view. Who really thought they would defend an ally of the Soviet Union? And the author turns that into a personal vendetta against MacArthur.
David Halberstam is one of my favorite authors. His descriptions of the Korean War battles powerfully portray the experiences of the soldiers that fought in that war.
If you like this book, I would also recommend Halberstam’s The Children, about the struggle for civil rights. Unfortunately I did not find this available on Audible.
This is an excellent history of the Korean War, with a good narration by Edward Herrmann. I would give it five stars except for one thing - annoying, cheesy music that announced each new chapter.
Audible, please stop inserting music into audiobooks - particularly nonfiction books like this one. The music adds nothing and completely distracts from the narrative. In this case it was so annoying I don't know that I would recommend this audiobook to anyone else.
Classic Halberstam - interesting, insightful, factual. He has a great way of analyzing the leadership relationships i.e. MacArthur and Truman etc, and the impact they had on the war.
Brings to light a "forgotten war", and helps us remember why we still have troops stationed in Korea.
Very listenable, engaging, never boring.
This book is very interesting in that it covers a period of time most people (including myself) know almost nothing about. My grandfather served in Korea and I wish I had read this when he was still around as he rarely spoke of it.
With that said you must read this book with the understanding it's quite biased. There is a liberal bias for certain, which is unforchanate but tolerable since the author does seem to try to be fair -- but it's there all throughout the book.
The real issue however and reason I knock a star off is the complete and total anti-MacArthur angle. Reading this book you'd have to assume MacArthur is the single worst human ever. Some credit is given to MacArthur from time to time but it's very brief and almost always used to setup some sort of failure. Maybe MacArthur really is as bad as this book makes him out to be, but some explanations of why MacArthur did what he did would be a lot more useful than generic comments about MacArthur only carrying about the spotlight.
Outside of the MacArthur (to be fair it's not all the time) this really is a great book to read and should hopefully make you want to learn more about this seemingly black hole in recent American history.
This was a book I listened to and Edward Hermann is one of the best at narration, a reason that he does so much on the History channel. He must have loved being asked to work with such great material as Halberstam’s book, which is an excellent history on the war, one of the best. Halberstam was a great writer and it is amazing that the writer could cover so much of the war and still be of reasonable length. It is truly a great work.
Went into the subject knowing very little about what happened during this war, now I can visualize what took place there. Amazing narrative and top-notch delivery. 5 stars
This is a great book, although the editing for the audio version is pretty severe. I happened across a print version just after starting the audiobook, and realized that large chunks (1/4 to 1/3 of the total) have been edited out, including much of the politics behind the war, and that these missing pieces are critical to the full understanding of the history. I ended up finishing the print version. I'd give it 4+ stars, compared to 3 for the audiobook. I'll hesitate before buying an abridged version of a book again.
It's a pretty good war story and the reader is good, my only complaint is that I would have liked more history on the root causes of the war and the why when and how Korea was divided into two separate parts.