The Korean War

The Korean War A BRACING ACCOUNT OF A WAR THAT IS EITHER MISUNDERSTOOD FORGOTTEN OR WILLFULLY IGNORED For Americans it was a discrete conflict lasting from to But for the Asian world the Korean War was

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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 capturA 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.
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  • Simon Wood says:

    NORTH AND SOUTH, EAST AND WESTWhile reading through the reviews of Bruce Cummings "The Korean War" I noticed more than one reviewer complain that Cummings book isn't a history of the war. Up to a point they are right, it is not a conventional history of that war beyond the first thirty-seven pages of two hundred and forty-three that narrate the actions of leaders and armies from beginning to end of the "war". But it only takes a moment of reflection to realise that the remainder of the book is a [...]

  • Jonfaith says:

    This is not a survey of said conflict and is such an unusual choice for the Modern Library Nonfiction catalogue. Cumings asserts that for myriad reasons the Korean War drifted out of collective consciousness. The American stewards of the War (Acheson MacArthur) never understood the origins and prosecuted it in a heavy handed way which only exacerbated antipathy between North and South. The author asserts that the war can only be understood in the context that Japan made Korea a colony in the ear [...]

  • Alan Jacobs says:

    This is the book to read for an understanding of Korea--not just the Korean War, but Korea itself, north and south. North Korea will be much less enigmatic once you read this book. Cumings goes deep into Korean history, and especially into the Japanese occupation of Korea and Manchuria from the 1930s until the end of WWII. In Cumings' retelling, the North under Kim Il Jong was heroic in its determination to rid the country of their Japanese overlords and return to Korea to the Koreans. The South [...]

  • Nicole says:

    I had issues with this book. Many, many issues (though, I didn't outright hate it, I have to give it that).The first being that, for all the title is "The Korean War", this book really isn't about the Korean War. The first chapter is a brief summary, and then they talk about the atrocities committed during the war, but it's hardly the focus of the book. While I found a great deal of what he wrote about interesting, such as pre-Korean War rebellions, that's not what I bought a book to read about, [...]

  • James says:

    About the worst book I've read about the Korean war,the author tries so hard to discredit others who have written about this war. And the American men who fought and suffered there. I assume the author never fulfilled his military obligation. When GI's were dying in Asian countries,he was probably sipping mint julips and playing with himself. The author has a very scattered style of writing with mentions of Marilyn Monroe, Picasso, and a lot of other silly trivia. He does the usual MacArthur bas [...]

  • Steven says:

    I've read a lot of criticism of this book and it's author in the past, so much so that I delayed reading it for a long time. I'm glad I finally read it because, while there are certainly problems with it, it certainly does fill in the gaps in the literature in regards to atrocities committed by allied, and, especially, South Korean forces.Not too long ago I visited the POW camp on Goeje Island while on vacation and many of the things I saw there didn't make any sense, like signs explaining the p [...]

  • Lauren Albert says:

    Other reviewers have already pointed out that the title is a misnomer. While Cumings manages to cover the history of the war (as well as the pre- and post- history), it is definitely not a straight narrative history. The book is a revisionist look at the "forgotten war" which tries to show the darker side (atrocities by our soldiers and allies) of our participation rather than just that of the North Koreans. I don't know enough about the events to judge his point of view but I found it interesti [...]

  • Maria says:

    This should not be the first book that you read about the Korean War. Cumings assumes that the reader has a basic understanding of events and then proceeds to explain how and why our common America understanding of this "forgotten war" is false. Very interesting but I need to read more basic historic narratives before jumping into this discussion.What I liked: 1. 38th parallel was an imaginary boundary that we have enforced for more than 60 years. The Korean War was and is a civil war that we st [...]

  • Richard Macquarrie says:

    This book was informative about mostly ghastly and terrible war crimes that were committed during the Korean war. It did not go in depth about the actual battles or the White House strategy of the war as I was hoping. It was clearly written by a hard core liberal with a lot of anger built up for his own country. The book demonized the South Koreans and the Americans in the war while trying to make Kim Il Sung look not so bad. The most damning part of the book was when he stated and I'm paraphras [...]

  • Amanda says:

    Although the scope of this book was wide-ranging and brought an informed and intriguing perspective, this book tried to do too much. Reading this book felt like joining Cumings as he continued a dialogue in an excellent Korean War 301 class, but I had missed the first two courses. It also was really segmented, and didn't have a strong overall flow. However, I plan to keep it and refer back to it for extra insight when I learn about the topics in the book again, as his writing added nuance to my [...]

  • Alstan Walker says:

    If this is your first-time learning about The Korean War. This book would be great place to start. The way this war is told will grab your instantly. In the beginning, I wasn’t excited to read a history book but, what drove me is all the facts I didn’t know about the war. This war is unlike any other war that has happened. I feel that it still could have been prevented. The book shows things that could have easily been changed. The book also shows the pettiness of people and the mistakes the [...]

  • Dan Gorman says:

    A good book, this history of the Korean War still suffers from a non-linear format, which jumps forward and backward in time to such a degree that the argument gets muddled. Bruce Cumings is right to critique American involvement in Korea, especially the permanent military-industrial complex and forward-deployed military bases created by the Korean War. Cumings also does an admirable job of drawing out the atrocities committed by Syngman Rhee's regime and borderline-fascist youth groups in South [...]

  • Mark Desrosiers says:

    Leave it to Bruce Cumings to write a history of this forgotten war where the order of battle -- the major military operations agreed upon by most historians -- occupy only the first 36 pages. The rest of the book is both a resurrection of the tragic periphery, and an argument about what this war means, for Koreans and The United States. Facts are facts: the U.S. (and UN) intervened in a civil war occasioned by the humbling of Korea's long-time occupier, Japan. Cumings is right on the money in co [...]

  • David Roberts says:

    The book I read to research this post was The Korean War: A History by Robert Cumings which is an excellent book which I bought from kindle. This book was written by an American author about a war that was largely fought by America although other nations like Britain & China were involved. The roots of the war go back to the Japanese invasion of China & Korea around 1910 which the west welcomed because they thought it would help modernize Korea. Of course Japan had a brutal and totalitar [...]

  • S. says:

    one can imagine the steel nervesrequired of leaders in Pyongyang, observinga lone B-29 simulating the attack lines thathad resulted in the devastation of Hiroshimaand Nagasaki just six years earlier, each timeunsure of whether the bomb was real or adummy.with lines like this, we call Bruce Cumings a "pinko" or "Commie" and return to our mint juleps on dis heah hot suh-thern daye.ah have read three accounts of thuh korean woah and this is the mos' leftie of theme you a communist sir? are you tel [...]

  • Alyson Hagy says:

    I am still sorting through my thoughts about this book. I have read perhaps ten other books about the Korean War (including the Halberstam book, The Coldest War), but Cumings has pressed me to rethink some of the conclusions I may have drawn from those more "traditional" (and American-centered) volumes. I knew nothing about the extended bombing campaign against North Korea. I knew little about the tangled history of poor relations between Japan and Korea. I did know a few isolated facts about th [...]

  • E. Kahn says:

    As almost every other reviewer has noted, this book is not a history of the Korean War, despite the title. It's more of a collection of historical essays on the Korean War, focusing largely on atrocities committed by US and ROK forces on South Korean civilians and the lack of balance in what little there is written about the war. Cumings is not shy about his political sympathies, which will turn off many readers.That said, every horrifying event presented in the book is backed up by thorough res [...]

  • Salvatore Leone says:

    An engrossing, complete history of the war. For those interested, I would recommend this very highly.

  • Marcel Patulacci says:

    I had already read "Korea's place in the sun" also from Cumings and had appreciated his work. This is the reason why I chose his book among others related to the Korean War. However, this book is not exactly related to the conflict, or should I say to its military aspect. Indeed, the war processes are quickly summarized in a single chapter.Cumings move on with the relative oblivion of the Korean war in American collective memory. Locked between the "triumphant" World War II and the traumatic Vie [...]

  • ChadBroChill says:

    A collection of essays about the Korean conflict, rather than a linear history. Discursive and hard to follow at times; nevertheless, a fresh approach.Near the end, the author interrogates the job of the historian:"To take everything with a sunny, fact-based equability (were the ianfu forced or not?) to get angry at nothing (was Curtis LeMay a pyromaniac or not?), to indulge in the empirical at the expense of judgement (did we really burn down every North Korean town?), to offer silly equivalenc [...]

  • Sophie says:

    This is one of the worst books I have ever read. After reading this book I know everything about what happened in the US during the war but know very little about what happened in Korea. I also know everything about what the author and Americans think on the subject but I have to guess what the Koreans think and feel about their war. There are a lot of useless quotes from philosophers, writers, poets and so on, the author even mentions what happens when you type 'Korean War' in but I found no n [...]

  • Andrew Heitzman says:

    It's important to already understand the Korean War's timeline before you read this book. Cumings is more interested in telling the other sides if the conflict. These lessons are invaluable, and he sets up right away that his book will be one of the first chronicles of The Korean War that focuses on the Korean perspective and players.From the start the book is deeply cynical, but some historical moments call for that attitude. My only complaint is in the structure of the book. Each chapter feels [...]

  • Andrew Carr says:

    I recently visited South Korea, and to help orientate me towards this new destination, I headed to a bookshop to help get a sense of the place. I often think bookstores tell much about a country. Are they looking only for their own stories (America) or keen to learn how to engage others (Taiwan), are they focused on escapism (Australia) or do they want to learn how to succeed and get rich (Singapore). These are just one side to any culture, but where else can you directly see what the people wan [...]

  • Annalise Ferrell says:

    I learned stuff but that was about it.Maybe if I had knew more prior to reading this, then maybe but I could not stand the writing style. I was confused and I felt it was a wee too all over the place fer my tastes *shrugs*

  • Millie Muroi says:

    Perhaps at times slightly partisan, but it’s difficult to find an account which isn’t biased to some degree. Cumings is palpably a literary enthusiast as much as he is a historian. I loved the reconciliatory tone, and lucid examination of the extant impacts of the “forgotten war”.

  • Alex says:

    Cumings' book is valuable in that it challenges preconceived notions of The Korean War—countering the narrative that has been spoon-fed to most US and ROK citizens. Most have been taught that The Korean War was a UN intervention against an aggressive North Korea. This narrative makes sense as we consider the two Koreas today. The South has "flourished" into what one might call, somewhat problematically, a functioning democratic nation, whereas the North has seemingly become an abusive regime. [...]

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  • Ilya says:

    At the close of the Pacific War, it became clear that Japan would soon surrender, and its colony Korea would have to be occupied jointly by the Soviet Union and the United States (FDR's idea of a four-power trusteeship over the country died with him). The day after Nagasaki, Dean Rusk and another official decided to split the country in half along the 38th parallel, leaving the capital Seoul in the American half; the next day, the Soviets agreed. Both occupying powers set up governments in their [...]

  • Bao Khanh says:

    Readings for class are so troublesome

  • Ramon4 says:

    An interesting but disturbing book. I thought the book would be a military history, but instead it turned out to be a revisionist political history. Cumings main point is that Americans have always misunderstood the war, thinking that it was something that started in 1950 and ended in a stalemate in 1953. Cumings says that this is incorrect. Korea, he says, was engaged in a civil war that began in 1932, and was still going on in 1950, and is still going on today.The basis of this war was the Jap [...]

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