The Coldest Winter

The Coldest Winter

America and the Korean War

eBook - 2007
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Pulitzer-winning historian Halberstam first decided to write this book more than thirty years ago and it took him nearly ten years. It stands as a lasting testament to its author, and to the fighting men whose heroism it chronicles. Halberstam gives us a full narrative of the political decisions and miscalculations on both sides, charting the disastrous path that led to the massive entry of Chinese forces near the Yalu, and that caught Douglas MacArthur and his soldiers by surprise. He provides vivid portraits of all the major figures--Eisenhower, Truman, Acheson, Kim, and Mao, and Generals MacArthur, Almond, and Ridgway. He also provides us with his trademark narrative journalism, chronicling the crucial battles with reportage of the highest order. At the heart of the book are the stories of the soldiers on the front lines who were left to deal with the consequences of the dangerous misjudgments and competing agendas of powerful men.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, [2007]
Edition: 1st ed.
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9781401389604
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xi, 719 pages) : maps.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
Alternative Title: America and the Korean War


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Jul 21, 2014

Having read all the notes, executive orders, presidential directives and legislation President Kennedy was involved with, I am certainly no fan of Halberstam and believe his book, The Best and the Brightest should not only not have been awarded a Pulitzer [how many good books really are, though?] but was garbage! Therefore, I am objectively saying that Halberstam pretty much gets his portrayal of MacArthur right - - a general who should have rightfully been courtmartialed for his participation in the slaughter of over 100 men, women and children at the Bonus March Camp except that his uncle was one of the richest men in America at that time, and a partner with J.P. Morgan. MacArthur was a classic American loser who caused the deaths of many. [Sally Denton's book, The Plots Against the President, provides the context of the atmosphere which allowed for, or led to, the Korean War and Eisenhower in the White House.]

Jul 21, 2014

His description of MacArthur's return to the USA (after being relieved of his command) is chilling. We came close to a coup.

Jun 05, 2013

Well written. A war, the US shouldn't have been in. MacArthur was oblivious to the soldiers under him. He saw himself as god and could do no wrong. Wrong he was.

Jun 18, 2012

Great writer. Good book. I'd say read that book if you want to understand what the Koean war was.

austinmurphy Jan 31, 2012

Halberstam is a great writer, and I really wanted to like this one. I think I just wanted to learn more about Korea itself and the people on the ground; the focus here is more on the commanders and political forces that shaped the War. The book is great for what it is, but wasn't quite what I was looking for.

Dec 03, 2009

A complete, compelling, and enlightening history of the "forgotten war".


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