The Unfinished War: Korea

The Unfinished War: Korea

The Unfinished War: Korea

The Unfinished War: Korea


The Unfinished War: Korea is a time-sensitive manuscript concerned with the Korea War and current North-South issues including the North Korea's nuclear weapons. The author: 7 lays out the history of American involvement in Korea before, during, and after the war; 7 provides cross-cultural perspectives and an account of the war unparalleled for its breadth and depth based on recently declassified documents, interviews, and other references; 7 discusses new developments, including South Korea's so-called "economic miracle," President Bush's inclusion of North Korea in the "axis of evil," and emerging prospects for war or peace today; and 7 includes concrete, personal realities and anecdotes based on the experiences of Koreans.


I was a teenager in 1950 when one of the most atrocious wars in history started in Korea. Some memories are better forgotten. But in 1997, I had the urge to revisit that bewildering war.

I was impressed to see how many new facts have come into the public domain after the declassification of some Korean War-related documents in the U.S., and some formerly classified documents that trickled out of Russia; and there were several new books published in South Korea exposing the dark side of war. When I left South Korea in 1961 to study in New York, censorship was still in force; all the new materials and fresh perspectives piqued my interest.

However, most books in English do not provide Korean perspectives. The background to the War usually seems cryptic, and the narrative ends abruptly with the signing of ceasefire documents in 1953. I decided to write a book that fills these gaps and provides a cross-cultural perspective, reflecting the latest available documentary evidence and, at the same time, incorporating the experiences of my own family and other Koreans who lived through the war.

Prior to starting my research for the book, I had spent over twenty years in different Asian countries working for the Asian Development Bank, the United Nations, and the Ford Foundation. Most of this time was spent studying countries, and appraising and post evaluating the success and failure of economic development projects — their causes, costs, benefits, and lessons for the future. It did not take me long to realize that even evaluating the successes and failures of the Korean War would not be simple because the allies (South Korea, the U.S., and European allies) had different objectives, and these . . .

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