I am a serious reader of history, fiction, poetry, classics, literary criticism, philosophy.
I did not know much about the Korean War although I remember it as a child. This, I'm sorry to say, was David Halbertam's last book. I hung on every word.
His history fills in all the blanks in my knowledge of what happened there.
Edward Hermann's performance was magnificent, as usual.
I wish this book was not abridged. The combination of Halbertam as author and Hermann's as reader are unforgettable.
Relevant to today!
The battle of Kunu Ri. The battle of Chip Yong Ni.
This is a historical read. Edward Herman's inflection when describing soldiers under extreme duress is riveting.
Paul McGhee's leadership skills in a hopeless situation.
What happened so long ago is still relevant even now. The courage of so many soldiers in impossible situations is encouraging.
This is a "must read" story that relates the complex geo-politics between the Soviet Union under Stalin, a rising new China under Mao, and the United States under Truman with Korea as victim. Our leaders, presidents, admirals and generals, need to take hard lessons from the debacle that was the Korean War. History is a teacher, and this account of the Korean War is an excellent thesis of the corruption of power and its affect on history. Sixty years later, these events are very relevant today given the continued belligerence of North Korea and the strength of China. This is necessary reading, lest those events happen again. The author, David Halberstam, did an outstanding job covering the many broad areas of the war, from the political aspects to the military engagements. Edward Herrmann is an excellent narrator and his voice and tenor apply themselves perfectly to the story that had to be told. Read it and remember.
This book will give you an understanding of the war from a global view as well as from the view of the ground soldier who fought in the cold and mud.
The American forces ability to maintain the Pusan Perimeter. It was a very near run thing.
A narration that reflects the situation as it develops.
It did not make me laugh or cry but I expect I would certainly have cried if I had been there.
This book, and I have read a couple of others, provides an excellent understanding of the Korean War. One of the most important aspects of this book is that it provides good examples of what it was like for the soldiers who fought and died in the cold, not just the Generals. It clearly illustrates what a very terrible conflict it was. It is frequently call the Forgotten War, but I believe anyone who listens to this book will never forget it.
too many people to narrow it down to 1
The bitterly cold winter
Halberstam will be missed in the writing world. He new how to define moments in our history. And did not try to rewrite that same history, that cannot be said for many of our lessor authors.
It has been awhile since I listened to this Book, but I do remember I had enjoyed it a lot.It has alot of detail and information on that moment in the Korean War. You will enjoy if you love war or History. You won't be disappointed.
Edward Herrmann is a magnificent narrator and brings a great deal of talent to his performance.
David Halberstam brings together the larger picture of the politics and military together with the personal stories of the officers and soldiers.
A clear voice and and a great deal of talent in his reading. Edward Herrmann is my favorite performer. If I see his name as the narrator I will at least take a serious look at the book.
A Forgotten War Fought by the Unforgettable.
David Halberstam gives a clear and unvarnished look at a murky and complicated war. He brings the large picture of why the war started and the major players on both sides of the conflict together with those men who had to fight the battles and take the loses of, what at times, was a badly planned and poorly lead war at the highest levels of command. If you ever see the names Halberstam or Herrmann on an Audible book at least give it a look. You will be pleased more often than not.
I was educated into oblivion but have overcome 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.