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Title:
Korea : the first war we lost
Author:
Alexander, Bevin.
Personal Author:
Edition:
Updated illustrated edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Hippocrene Books, 2004.

©1986
Physical Description:
xv, 566 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780781810197
Format :
Book

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Central Library DS918 .A73 1986C Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Summary

Summary

A well-balanced, historical survey of Korea to the present. Early chapters succinctly depict a rich Korean heritage. In resisting absorption by their powerful neighbour, China, Koreans successfully established their own state and distinctive culture, language, and traditions. The latter chapters deal with events after 1945. Illustrations and map throughout.


Author Notes

Bevin Alexander is the author of five books on military history, & his battle studies of the Korean War, written during his decorated service as a combat historian, are stored in the National Archives. He lives in Bremo Bluff, Virginia.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Table of Contents

Preface to the Updated Editionp. ix
List of Abbreviationsp. xiii
1. June 25, 1950p. 1
2. How Did It Happen?p. 6
3. Partitionp. 10
4. Hands Off Taiwan and Koreap. 16
5. Attack Across the 38thp. 25
6. Decision in Washingtonp. 32
7. War and the Quarantine of Taiwanp. 36
8. The Army of the United Nationsp. 42
9. Goodbye to the Good Timesp. 46
10. The Teenagers Stand and Fightp. 53
11. Withdrawal in Disorderp. 63
12. One Bonanza, Several Defeatsp. 68
13. The Kum Riverp. 76
14. Taepyong-nip. 82
15. Taejonp. 92
16. The Ghost Divisionp. 108
17. Retreat to the Naktongp. 116
18. The First Counteroffensivep. 126
19. The Days Along the Naktongp. 133
20. "We Are Going to Hold This Line"p. 141
21. Forging a Sword of Vengeancep. 148
22. MacArthur v. the Joint Chiefsp. 155
23. MacArthur Calls on Chiang Kai-shekp. 163
24. The Decision on Inchonp. 169
25. MacArthur Alienates Trumanp. 176
26. The North Koreans Try Once Morep. 180
27. The Joint Chiefs Get Cold Feetp. 188
28. Inchonp. 194
29. The Assault on Seoulp. 211
30. Breakout from the Perimeterp. 219
31. The United States Decides to Conquerp. 228
32. Red China Warns the United Statesp. 240
33. Up to the Chongchon Riverp. 249
34. Destination: The Yalu Riverp. 254
35. The Warning Blow Fallsp. 261
36. Disaster at Unsanp. 269
37. The Lost Battalionp. 278
38. The Chinese Back Offp. 283
39. A Time to Reconsiderp. 287
40. Empty Rhetoric on the Potomacp. 293
41. A Different Kind of Armyp. 299
42. Attack into the Unknownp. 307
43. The "Home-by-Christmas" Offensivep. 312
44. The March to the Seap. 320
45. The Agony of the Three Battalionsp. 328
46. An Act of Defiancep. 340
47. The Breakoutp. 353
48. MacArthur Panicsp. 368
49. Back to the 38th Parallelp. 374
50. The New Year's Eve Offensivep. 379
51. Acheson's Calculated Riskp. 387
52. North to the Kansas Linep. 399
53. MacArthur Finally Does Itp. 405
54. The MacArthur Hearingsp. 414
55. The Spring Offensivep. 418
56. Talking Peace and Practicing Warp. 426
57. The Bloody Ridgesp. 438
58. Another Try for Peacep. 449
59. The POWs Seize the Stagep. 456
60. Rhee the Despot, Clark the Hawkp. 464
61. Others Take a Handp. 471
62. The Final Crisisp. 477
63. The Long Shadow of the Korean Warp. 484
Notesp. 493
Indexp. 549

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