This was dense reading, but as I continued, it started to move along. I was always curious about the Korean war as I was a child when it was going on and I used to hear my parents talk about it a lot. This book explains much. It gets into the cause of the war, and the politicians, generals and the press that were involved in the creation of the conflict. It covers the actual combat experience of the soldiers fighting and the horror when the Chinese crossed into Korea. It points out great failures in American political, military policy and arrogance that almost destroyed the U.S. military forces in Korea It also pointed to the great bravery of the soldiers. The Marine escape from the Chosin reservoir was one of that service's greatest moments. The book also deals with Cold War world that it influenced. It is a great read and worth the effort.
Explores the lesser-known elements of heroism and pathos that marked the Korean War and evaluates political decisions and miscalculations on both sides of the conflict.