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From Pusan to Panmunjon

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This is the candid and revealing wartime memoir of the soldier who, at the age of just 32, became South Korea's first four-star general. The book brings an unprecedented perspective to the Korean War.
Paperback, 271 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by Potomac Books (first published June 1992)
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Sep 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: korea, non-fiction, 2012
An immensely important contribution to Korean War discussions, From Pusan to Panmujom chronicles the Korean War from instigation to armistice from the viewpoint of arguably the most influential and well-respected ROK Army officer ever, former General Paik Sun Yup. His involvement permeated virtually every major battle and decision that occurred on the battlefield and thus, innately qualifies him to narrate the vastly overlooked Korean perspective of the war. From frantically forming a counteratt ...more
Jul 10, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most books about war suffer from one of two problems. The are either at such a high level that they are completely impersonal, and it is therefore hard for the reader to care that this unit went here and that unit went there, or they are so personal and low level that they don't give you a good picture of the whole conflict.

This book is an exception, in that it is the deeply personal story of an individual, but that individual played such a pivotal role in the Korean war that his story gives yo
James Wharton
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, military
Prior to the start of the Korean War, the South Korean army was little more than a militia. The United States did not want them capable of fighting a war on their own. As a result, their navy had just a few coastal vessels, their air force was non-existent, and their army was ill-equipped. For the 40 years prior to the end of World War II South Korea did not have a military because they were a nation occupied and controlled by the Japanese.

General Paik Sun-Yup was commander of the ROK 1st Infant
Bill Lenoir
Aug 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not normally a fan of memoirs as they tend to be all about self justification. I'm not saying this isn't the case with General Paik, but his writing style is entertaining and he provides a look at the Korean War from a perspective all too rare in published accounts; that is to say, the Korean perspective.
Jul 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
Very interesting book which is, basically, the war time memoirs of Gen. Paik, Sun Yup. Interestingly, the founder of Taekwon-Do, Gen. Choi, Hong Hi makes a cameo appearance as he served under Gen. Paik at one point during the Korean War.
Dan Orozco
Aug 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great book telling the stories of the Korean war from the viewpoint of Korea's first four-star general, Paik Sun Yup (백선엽). Definitely a must-read for anyone interested in the history of North-South Korean relations.
Adam Ziel
Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I thought it was a great book. It offers a different but really good insight into the Korean War. I have only read one other books about the Korean War and this one is worth a read.
Apr 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history-korea
Superb book about the war from the Korean perspective. Written by a man who rose through the ranks and even commanded American troops and is today an iconic figure in Korea.
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