The Korean War by Max Hastings audiobook

The Korean War

By Max Hastings
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It was the first war we could not win. At no other time since World War II have two superpowers met in battle. In this extensive history, preeminent military historianMax Hastings takes us back to the bloody, bitter struggle to restore South Korean independence after the Communist invasion of June 1950. Using personal accounts from interviews with more than two hundred vets—including the Chinese—Hastings follows real officers and soldiers through the battles. He brilliantly captures the Cold War crisis at home—the strategies and politics of Truman, Acheson, Marshall, MacArthur, Ridgway, and Bradley—and shows what we should have learned in the war that was the prelude to Vietnam.

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Summary

It was the first war we could not win. At no other time since World War II have two superpowers met in battle. In this extensive history, preeminent military historianMax Hastings takes us back to the bloody, bitter struggle to restore South Korean independence after the Communist invasion of June 1950.

Using personal accounts from interviews with more than two hundred vets—including the Chinese—Hastings follows real officers and soldiers through the battles. He brilliantly captures the Cold War crisis at home—the strategies and politics of Truman, Acheson, Marshall, MacArthur, Ridgway, and Bradley—and shows what we should have learned in the war that was the prelude to Vietnam.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Fair and immensely readable…a major contribution to more than just military history…Max Hastings is among the ablest of the younger generation of British military historians…He now illuminates the struggle that changed all perceptions of the post-1945 world.” Alistair Horne, author of The Price of Glory
“Must reading for any American who wants to understand one of the watershed events of the post-World War II period.”  Richard M. Nixon
“Rings true and will surely stand the test of time…Max Hastings has no peer as a writer of battlefield history.” Stephen E. Ambrose
“Admirable…penetrating.” New York Times

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by Michael 8/15/2018
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The "Forgotten" War

If you know nothing about the American/UN war in Korea, this book is a place to start. I'm not usually a reader of military histories, but this one caught me up and I burned right through it, listening every chance I could find. The author conducted hundreds of interviews with veterans of the war, and as well worked through thousands of pages of government and military documents. The first-hand accounts of the suffering, the details of the conflict, the revelations of folly and ignorance of the military & political leaders, are cogently revealed. The conflict in Korea is one that should be better known by Americans, and, indeed, by everyone.

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Author Bio: Sir Max Hastings

Author Bio: Sir Max Hastings

Sir Max Hastings is the author of twenty-six books, most about conflict and several made the New York Times bestsellers list. Between 1986 and 2002 he served as editor-in-chief of the London Daily Telegraph, then editor of the Evening Standard. He has won many prizes both for journalism and his books have been bestsellers translated around the world. He chronicles Vietnam with the benefit of vivid personal memories: first of reporting in 1967-68 from the United States, where he encountered many of the war’s decision-makers including President Lyndon Johnson, and then of successive assignments in Indochina for newspapers and BBC TV. He rode a helicopter out of the US Saigon embassy compound during the 1975 final evacuation.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 17.59
Audience: Adult
Language: English