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The Korean War: A History (Modern Library Chronicles)

The Korean War: A History - Bruce Cumings
one can imagine the steel nerves
required of leaders in Pyongyang, observing
a lone B-29 simulating the attack lines that
had resulted in the devastation of Hiroshima
and Nagasaki just six years earlier, each time
unsure of whether the bomb was real or a
dummy.


with lines like this, we call Bruce Cumings a "pinko" or "Commie" and return to our mint juleps on dis heah hot suh-thern daye.

ah have read three accounts of thuh korean woah ... and this is the mos' leftie of them.

are you a communist sir? are you telling me that King Jong Un has 'nerves of steel?' well sir, ah am questioning how american you done call yoahself. mai great great granddaddy he done fought at shiloh and at coald ha-bah. when he had taken off his loyal gray... I mean a'hem...anyways

in contrast to the 50% MacArthur-obsessed [a:David Halberstam|42850|David Halberstam|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1177391309p2/42850.jpg] or the militant [a:Max Hastings|31233|Max Hastings|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1269308046p2/31233.jpg], Cumings provides a fairly straightforward but modern story, one that dwells for only three chapters on the actual war and them summarizes much of the post-war liberal reassessment, namedropping even to Don DeLillo as an illustration of its modernity, and pointing out UN atrocities that have only recently come to light. this 2010 work has none of the martial certainty of the 1980s Hastings work [b:The Korean War|55407|The Korean War (Pan Grand Strategy)|Max Hastings|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1170449855s/55407.jpg|2252480].