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Publisher's Summary

Explore how the Korean War started, the aftermath, and the events in between!

The narrative of the Korean War in the West, and particularly in the United States, tells the tale of a conflict between two global superpowers and competing ideologies in a far-flung corner of the globe.

The reality is that the wheels of motion that drove the country to war in 1950 began turning long before American boots set foot on Korean soil. The heart of the conflict was a civil war between a population arbitrarily divided by colonization and the global geopolitics at the end of the Second World War.

Challenging the widely perpetuated Western narrative and getting to the core of the Korean conflict is no easy feat. From assumptions that the outbreak of war was a deliberate act of communist aggression, to the notion that Eisenhower and Truman's constant threats of atomic annihilation broke the Chinese and North Korean spirit and led to the signing of the armistice, everything needs to be dissected and reviewed on its own factual merit to fully understand the nature of the war.

This guide seeks to pull this narrative curtain and peek behind at the truth of the matter, tracing the history of the war back to the Japanese occupation and uncovering the root of Korean nationalism that stirred the nation into the frenzy of civil war in 1950.

Some of the topics covered in this audiobook include:

  • The Japanese Ascendency: 1910-1945
  • A Korea Divided: The US Occupation of the South
  • The Forging of the North Korean State
  • First Blood: The Outbreak of War
  • Strike Hard and Strike Fast: The US Retreat
  • Bittersweet Victories: American Revival and China's Decision to Cross the Yalu
  • How Do You Solve a Problem Like China?
  • The Bloody Ceasefire and Looming Bomb
  • The Legacy of the Korean War
  • And more

Listen now to learn more about the Korean War.

©2017 Captivating History (P)2017 Captivating History

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Timely and Shocking

Korea is now a timely topic and, hopefully, some fair minded history readers will absorb some of the lessons of this provocative book. This is not a good guy, bad guys history, but an in your face account of the causes and effects of a war that really started long before the summer of 1950 and never ended. At times shocking in its details, it leads me to believe I actually knew nothing of this 'forgotten' war.

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Good Korean War History

Was doing research on the Korean War. Not many books out there on the subject. Was truly a forgotten war. Was good and informative. I believe it needs to read with other available books on the War to get a better picture of the overall situation.

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Korean War

Very depressing but enlightening discussion concerning the origins of the Korean war and global politics which led the US/UN into the war and also the flawed political ignorance and logic which led to the Indo/China/Viet Nam conflict.

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New For Me

This book is really interesting and mew for me. Listening to about the Korean war was a great experience and I recommend people of our age must read the books like it.

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Good book to understand

A very good explanation of the background to the war beginning in 1932 with the Japanese colonizing of Korea and Manchuria and how that contributed to the outbreak of the war, the brutal conduct of the war, and why the war still hasn't ended.

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Interesting, Informative new perspective

This book is very well researched and well described. It gives the reader a whole new perspective on the war. Well worth the price.

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Amazing

I have never thought much about the Korean war, and my impressions were the result of the general culture. This book explodes those impressions and leaves me appalled at the American choices. I am saddened that the parties remain at cross purposes, not understanding the others. This is a great book for the general reader.

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Forgotten war

The Korean war is truly a forgotten war. We are ignorant of what really happened. Korea is much in the news these days. The author opens our eyes to the truth about this war, the reasons behind it and its futility. All sides ended up where they started at a horrible cost in lives lost, a country destroyed and hopes lost. The truth is often hard to come to grips with, but for those who value truth it's an important book.

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A book to be grabbed and discussed

Some people cannot really face up to facts and a different perspective than what has been thrown at us for decades. A major reason we are still in this mess. This author is an acknowledged scholar, but in today's world if his facts don't mesh with your own way of thinking than his writings get a "1". Sad that the world has come to this.

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This historical War account and author’s personal

Excellent book that thoroughly explains the Korean War. The author really hits it out of the park with this historical war expertise.

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  • Felicity
  • 12-01-17

Well-Worth

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This book was purchased for a Korean war veteran who is interested in researching his participation in this war. The book was in great condition and delivered in great time. Thanks!

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  • Giles
  • 12-01-17

I Enjoyed It

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The author does an excellent job presenting the story of the Korean War in a readable manner. He tells many of the personal stories while keeping a big picture view. He also briefly describes Korea's place in the Cold War. Overall it was an interesting and entertaining historical work.

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  • 12-01-17

War History

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The first war America did not win or lose. The author goes into depth on how this war started, how it was fought and the men that served in this EPIC war that is overlooked by most historians. Hats off to all the men that served in the Korean War.

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  • Fergus
  • 12-01-17

Eye-Opener

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This book taught me everything I didn't know about the Korean War, and I didn't know anything. what a shame that the Generals did not care about the troops. this is a must for any person who likes to read war stories. just an unbelievable book.

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  • Arbella
  • 12-01-17

Forgotton War

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This book is highly recommended for anyone trying to understand this "Forgotten War."

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  • Felix
  • 12-01-17

Job Well Done

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Author does an excellent job of providing an overall military and political history of the Korean War. His writing is clear and informative and the reader comes away with a strong understanding of the events that shaped this conflict. Hastings is more objective than many historians and presents an unbiased account of the decisions and mistakes that shaped the conflict.

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  • Euan
  • 12-01-17

Different But Very Informative

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This book gave me an entirely different perspective on the Korean War. It is nuanced, well-researched, and disturbing. Honestly, it never occurred to me to see the war from "the other side." This book gives you an understanding of the Japanese and their mostly southern Korean collaborators that I had no clue about. Highly recommended. One could wish for greater clarity and a more organized structure, but those can be overlooked.

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  • Martha
  • 12-01-17

One Volume Treat

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An excellent one-volume treatment of the 'forgotten war'.

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  • Crispin
  • 12-01-17

Perfect

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As always, the author delivers the perfect balance between academic-grade history and readability.

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  • Cony
  • 12-01-17

Good Book

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Good book for those of us who know nothing or little about the Korean War. This author gives us a good overview of all of the different aspects of the war from a fairly unbiased view. Not too little info or too much. Solid Overview.