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Forgotten War, The

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This masterwork of history combines battlefield-level and command-level action with domestic and international politics. Using official Army records and hundreds of interviews, best-selling military historian Clay Blair tells the whole story of the Korean conflict.
Paperback, 1136 pages
Published January 24th 1989 by Anchor (first published December 12th 1987)
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So far, this is the best single volume history of the Korean war I've read. It's rich in geo-political detail, though it does not go as close to the line of batte. This book is a really good look at the interaction between mkilitary and political decision making. A must read.
The best one volume summary I've found on what I consider to be America's most interesting war. Well researched and well written, although in some place it's tough to follow all the major characters.
The Forgotten War: America in Korea is an exhaustive study of command level combat in Korea. While the title claims to cover the war for 1950 thru its conclusion in 1953, in reality only perhaps 25 pages cover the last two years of the war.

Blair states in his introduction that he was especially interested in command level decisions, and the influence of West Pointers in specific. There is very little detail of 'soldier's stories' or any popular or oral history. To some degree, this renders the b
Roughly a 1000 pages of truly intensive coverage of the first part of the war, when the lines so dramatically moved back and forth. The US forces at the beginning had terrible leadership and were tossed about in small formations that were usually overrun. Very tragic. The coverage of the war once the stalemate set in is cursory.

Ultimately, adequate forces are brought in, and better leadership too. But alarmingly, some cold war hawks argued for terrible ideas like using nukes and whatnot. The Pen
This book is an extremely in depth look at the first year of the Korean War. The events leading to Korean War are also lightly covered in the first couple chapters of the book, while the war's end is described in only a few pages. It does an amazing job at covering the first year of the war however, with nearly every American political decision, hypothetical military situation, and actual military action no matter the scale being covered with the utmost detail. I would recommend this to anyone ...more
Q: When the Chinese and Koreans negotiate, how many people die? A: Hundreds of thousands.
Probably the best of the books I had to read on the failure of the US to realize the possibility for war in Korea in 1950.
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Clay Blair, Jr. (May 1, 1925 – December 16, 1998) was an American historian, best known for his books on military history. He served on the fleet submarine Guardfish (SS-217) in World War II and later wrote for Time and Life magazines before becoming editor-in-chief of The Saturday Evening Post. He assisted General Omar Bradley in the writing of his autobiography, A General's Life (1983), publishe ...more
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