Academic journal article Military Review

The Ashgate Research Companion to the Korean War

Academic journal article Military Review

The Ashgate Research Companion to the Korean War

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THE ASHGATE RESEARCH COMPANION TO THE KOREAN WAR

Donald W. Boose, Edited by James I. Matray, Ashgate Publishing Company, Burlington, Vermont, 2014, 494 pages

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The wrong war, at the wrong place, at the wrong time, and with the wrong enemy" said Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Omar Bradley, often misquoted as in reference to the Korean War. He was in fact talking about the possible expansion of the Korean War into China, as was advocated by Gen. Douglas MacArthur before being fired by President Harry Truman. Mistakes such as this are common concerning the Korean War, a war often called "the forgotten war" That the war is forgotten is as much a consequence of circumstance as it is of a national narrow attention span, what with the concept of the heroic war of World War II and the tragic mistake of Vietnam. The Korean War was short, brutal, and bloody, and The Ashgate Research Companion to the Korean War relates a thorough history of the conflict.

To begin with, it is important to clarify what this book is not--it is not a normal history book, or even a simple backgrounder for the Korean War. For the price, nearly $200, it is not marketed for the mass market. Simply put, the book is an organized academic backgrounder for the war. The text is organized into three parts, with each bringing to light an aspect of the war, with further chapters by academics who tackle specific sections of the theme. …

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