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The day the Chinese attacked : Korea, 1950 : the story of the failure of America's China policy
Hoyt, Edwin P. (Edwin Palmer), 1923-2005.
Publication Information:
New York : McGraw-Hill Pub. Co., [1990]

Physical Description:
x, 245 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
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DS919.5 .H68 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Booklist Review

This addition to the prolific Hoyt's work covers the political background of the Chinese intervention in the Korean War, which radically altered its scope and enormously lengthened it. Hoyt argues that American support for the Nationalists led the Chinese Communists into a readiness to see American threats nearly everywhere. The book does not break new ground but covers its subject in a readable manner and makes a useful companion volume to the author's Korean War trilogy. For larger Korean War collections. Notes, bibliography; to be indexed. --Roland Green

Publisher's Weekly Review

Hoyt ( Kamikazes ) here traces the deterioration of Sino-American relations after WW II as the U.S. tried to mediate between the Nationalists and the Communists while supporting Chiang Kaishek against Mao Zedong, hoping to prevent the civil war that brought the latter to power in 1949. The book brings into focus the influence of anticommunist hysteria on that policy, the backlash effect of General Douglas MacArthur's bellicose predictions during the early months of the Korean War and Washington's failure to heed warnings from premiere Zhou Enlai--all leading to the massive Chinese intervention in 1950. What sets Hoyt's book apart from other studies of the war is his sympathetic presentation of the Chinese point of view regarding the origins and conduct of the conflict. The memoirs of Marshal Peng Dehuai, the Chinese field commander, are liberally quoted, explaining how he snuck 350,000 troops across the Yalu in an 11-day period, nearly catching MacArthur's U.N. forces in a trap. Students of the ``forgotten war'' won't want to miss this book with its fresh slant. Photos. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

The title suggests that this book focuses on the Chinese intervention in Korea, a topic well-covered by Allen S. Whiting's China Crosses the Yalu ( LJ 10/15/60), but it is more than that. Following a review of 20th-century Sino-American relations, Hoyt discusses the entire Korean War, with emphasis on the last two months of 1950. The result is an often simplistic and occasionally confused account of battlefield action and high level policy-making. Reliance on secondary publications is heavy, and where other sources (e.g., interviews) are used little new information or insight is revealed. The lengthy, uncritical, and poorly documented quoting of Chinese leaders is particularly disturbing. Although Hoyt is known for his popular military histories, this is not recommended even for his usual audience.-- Kenneth W. Berger, Duke Univ. Lib., Durham, N.C. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.