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The Coldest Winter by David Halberstam
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Oct 25, 09

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DH wrote this complaining that the Korean War is the "forgotten war", that few books have been written about it. This book contains lengthy biographies of the principals in the conflict (Truman, MacArther, Stalin, Mao etc.) and some history of Korea and events that precipitated the war. It also contains what might be considered "dramatizations" of individual soldiers experiences during the war (these seemed to me to be almost "pulp fiction"-like in their presentation), from interviews DH had with the soldiers. DH is virulently anti-communist, which I found to be a major distraction in the book. I think to give an accurate portrayal of the War one would have to have a certain degree of sympathy with aspirations of the people considered to be the enemy - Halberstam lacks this ability.
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