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The Korean War : no victors, no vanquished / Stanley Sandler.

By: Sandler, Stanley, 1937-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, c1999Description: xiv, 330 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0813121191 (cloth : alk. paper); 9780813121192 (cloth : alk. paper); 0813109671 (paper : alk. paper); 9780813109671 (paper : alk. paper).Subject(s): Korean War, 1950-1953 -- CampaignsAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Korean War.; Online version:: Korean War.DDC classification: 951.904/24 Other classification: 15.75
Contents:
1. Introduction -- 2. History and background -- 3. Invasion and retreat -- 4. The Pusan Perimeter -- 5. Inchon landings and pursuit northward -- 6. The UNC drive north -- 7. China's intervention and the second great UN retreat -- 8. Chinese offensives and stabilization of the battlelines -- 9. The United Nations' first war -- 10. The air and naval war -- 11. Behind the lines -- 12. Home fronts -- 13. Fighting and negotiating -- 14. Conclusions
Summary: The Korean War has been termed ""The Forgotten War"" or the ""Unknown War." It is a conflict which never assumed the mythic character of the American Civil War or World War II. However, this book asserts, it would be impossible to understand the Cold War and indeed post-1945 global history without knowledge of the Korean War. Providing a history of the Korean peninsula before the war and including a detailed analysis of the fighting itself, The Korean War goes beyond the battlefield to deal with the war in the air, ground attack, and air evacuation. The study also evaluates the contributions of the UN naval forces, the impact of the war on various homefronts and issues such as defectors, opposition to the war, racial segregation and integration, POWs and the media. Soviet documents are used to assess the role of China, the Soviet Union, North and South Korea and the allied forces in the conflict. --From publisher's description.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 279-312) and index.

The Korean War has been termed ""The Forgotten War"" or the ""Unknown War." It is a conflict which never assumed the mythic character of the American Civil War or World War II. However, this book asserts, it would be impossible to understand the Cold War and indeed post-1945 global history without knowledge of the Korean War. Providing a history of the Korean peninsula before the war and including a detailed analysis of the fighting itself, The Korean War goes beyond the battlefield to deal with the war in the air, ground attack, and air evacuation. The study also evaluates the contributions of the UN naval forces, the impact of the war on various homefronts and issues such as defectors, opposition to the war, racial segregation and integration, POWs and the media. Soviet documents are used to assess the role of China, the Soviet Union, North and South Korea and the allied forces in the conflict. --From publisher's description.

1. Introduction -- 2. History and background -- 3. Invasion and retreat -- 4. The Pusan Perimeter -- 5. Inchon landings and pursuit northward -- 6. The UNC drive north -- 7. China's intervention and the second great UN retreat -- 8. Chinese offensives and stabilization of the battlelines -- 9. The United Nations' first war -- 10. The air and naval war -- 11. Behind the lines -- 12. Home fronts -- 13. Fighting and negotiating -- 14. Conclusions

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Library Journal Review

The Korean War broke out almost 50 years ago, an unpleasant surprise to the American people and the occasion of a good deal of criticism of the American military. Chinese and Russian documents recently made public have shed new light on battlefield decisions. Benefiting from this newly declassified material as well as established sources, Sandler offers a timely new look at the war. A historian for the U.S. Army Special Operations Command and the editor of The Korean War: An Encyclopedia (LJ 2/1/96) and Segregated Skies: The All-Black USAAF Units of World War II (LJ 6/1/92), Sandler concentrates on a chronological narrative of the flow of events but rather confusingly intersperses several chapters on special facets such as the air war and the home fronts. Still, with its up-to-date information and extensive bibliography, this book is highly recommended as a supplement to subject collections.ÄEdwin B. Burgess, U.S. Army Combined Arms Research Lib., Fort Leavenworth, KS (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

Sandler's excellent book is "a single-volume, concise history of the Korean War of modest length." The author includes an encyclopedic bibliography appropriate to the scope of the book. He describes the origins of the Korean conflict, and how and why both the US and its allies and the opposing communist forces came to war. He shows how in many ways the war defined the rules of engagement of the Cold War. Sandler analyzes the interaction between the war and domestic events in the US, such as McCarthyism. He provides an inclusive military history covering all operations by all the forces involved. Sandler reminds readers that it is no mystery why Korea is "the forgotten war": "A visitor to the United States in, say, late 1951 would have found it difficult to credit that this nation was in the midst of its fourth most bloody war." The prospering economy was "punctuated only occasionally by a brief notice in a hometown newspaper of a local boy's death in Korea." All levels. J. P. Hobbs North Carolina State University

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