On 25 June, 1950, the invasion of South Korea by the Communist North launched one of the bloodiest conflicts of the last century. The seemingly limitless power of the Chinese-backed North was thrown against the ferocious firepower of the UN-backed South in a war that can be seen today as the stark prelude to Vietnam.
Max Hastings drew on first-hand accounts of those who fought on both sides to produce this vivid and incisive reassessment of the Korean War, bringing the military and human dimensions into sharp focus. Critically acclaimed on publication, The Korean War remains the best narrative history of this conflict.
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this is a well-rounded and thoughtful survey of the American and English experience in the Korean War. the narrator sought to enliven quotations with his imitations of the various accents of the speakers, which I could have lived without; but I can't suggest a better way to signal the beginnings and endings of quoted material, so even that I got used to. Hastings I have grown accustomed to enjoying and respecting.
Certainly. This was my second book by Max Hastings, personally I think he's a discount John Toland, but he can still write a good history book. This book was informative in its context and well reasoned in its speculations and conclusions.
I spent several minutes laughing over the accounts of the antics of UN POWs in the Chinese prison camps. It was a wonderful splash of humor to contrast with the miserable condition of the prisoners.
This book misses the mark. After listening to the first few hours it felt like days. By the end it seemed that while any number of historic figures and all of the major players had been identified I didn't really know them or understand them any better than when I started. Perhaps that was because the war itself was such a mess but I rather think it was the author that really didn't know.
"A missing piece of history"
Print would have provided a reference book that I could see maps
The political tensions between the various countries and the potential use of nuclear weapons
not listened to any
no emotional reaction other than wishing the veterans should gain far more recognition for their action in this forgotten and neglected conflict
A really worthy book to gain an insight into a war that has been ignored and forgotten.
Interesting and not dry at all, but there is a distinct lack of korean perspective, lots of british and American view points, but koreans and chinese views are sparse.
"Too Anti American"
While the facts presented are apparently correct, they are written with an anti American bias.
Presenter was good and entertaining
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