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Appears daunting when first picked up off the shelf, but the author does a good job of keeping the historical narrative flowing My primary criticism of the book is that it does not include helpful visual aids like battle maps, etc While there is a source packet at the beginning of the book containing various maps as referenced throughout the writing, I did not find them very helpful or detailed However, the amount of content covered in this book Korean war, start to finish certainly require Appears daunting when first picked up off the shelf, but the author does a good job of keeping the historical narrative flowing My primary criticism of the book is that it does not include helpful visual aids like battle maps, etc While there is a source packet at the beginning of the book containing various maps as referenced throughout the writing, I did not find them very helpful or detailed However, the amount of content covered in this book Korean war, start to finish certainly requires the author to maintain a broad brush stroke distance from actual engagements and battles Would recommend for the inexperienced history reader looking to build a foundation for future edification on the Korean War Cold War History times change and so do our expectations and language there s some 1920s era world history free ebook floating around, and although the work is completely readable, the modern reader is somewhat shocked to see written without any sense of ironythe Negro should blame himself for his plight, for nations must organize themselves firstas if, of course, Africans or African Americans are one person, the Negro T.R Fehrenbach wrote his classic 1961 Korean War history just before the 60s sexual a times change and so do our expectations and language there s some 1920s era world history free ebook floating around, and although the work is completely readable, the modern reader is somewhat shocked to see written without any sense of ironythe Negro should blame himself for his plight, for nations must organize themselves firstas if, of course, Africans or African Americans are one person, the Negro T.R Fehrenbach wrote his classic 1961 Korean War history just before the 60s sexual and social revolution so in two or three places, Fehrenbach writes things likethe North Korean soldier could survive on three rice balls a daybut actually aside from this and the de rigeur criticism of the ROK army, Fehrenbach s work is still surprisingly readable, accessible, and valuable today he isn t quite as military focused as the paratrooper officer Max Hastings nor does he include 7 out of 10 chapters of modern left criticism of the US Army in 1950 as does the currently very popular Bruce Cumings unlike Halberstam he doesn t drown the book half in criticism of Douglas MacArthur, but he does provide some coverage of Chipyongni and the North Korean prison revolt on their POW island in the south overall the work is professional and proficient @Epub × This Kind of War Ø Updated with maps, photographs, and battlefield diagrams, this special fiftieth anniversary edition of the classic history of the Korean War is a dramatic and hard hitting account of the conflict written from the perspective of those who fought it Partly drawn from official records, operations journals, and histories, it is based largely on the compelling personal narratives of the small unit commanders and their troops Unlike any other work on the Korean War, it provides both a clear panoramic overview and a sharply drawn you were there account of American troops in fierce combat against the North Korean and Chinese communist invaders As Americans and North Koreans continue to face each other across the th Parallel, This Kind of War commemorates the past and offers vital lessons for the future T.R Fehrenbach, who died just two years ago, was an American historian and journalist who served in the Korean War and published this history of that war in 1963 It is an interesting work that provides an historical overview of the conflict The 50th anniversary edition includes very helpful maps without which a reader unfamiliar with events might easily be lost The period covered is from 1950 1953, from the initial attacks from northern Korea into the south until the ceasefire and armistice T.R Fehrenbach, who died just two years ago, was an American historian and journalist who served in the Korean War and published this history of that war in 1963 It is an interesting work that provides an historical overview of the conflict The 50th anniversary edition includes very helpful maps without which a reader unfamiliar with events might easily be lost The period covered is from 1950 1953, from the initial attacks from northern Korea into the south until the ceasefire and armistice Fehrenbach follows particular individuals at length, and that gives a sense of coherence to the narrative He also addresses political issues,on the peninsula than in the United States back home, and while he does not provide detailed information about every battle that occurred, he does give enough detail about individual battles to enable the reader to derive a vivid impression of the nature of the events and of the ebb and flow of the conflict He includes information about POWs and their treatment, on both sides.Fehrenbach does have a particular agenda in writing his book He speaks as a member of the military and from that perspective, and he emphasizes the tensions between the civilian goals and values of a liberal democratic society and the necessarily different goals and values of the military He deplores the unpreparedness of the US and the UN, and he emphasizes how untrained and ineffective US soldiers were, particularly during the conflict s first year There are many long discussions as well as countless editorial asides addressing these issues, and while Fehrenbach s views may not be entirely consistent with views now,than sixty years later, they do provide a compelling window into ideas prevalent during the Cold War era.Fehrenbach s journalistic style will not be to every reader s taste, and the flavor of the book is decidedly non academic There are no footnote or endnotes providing references or sources from which the author derived his information or conclusions Rather than viewing this work as a definitive history of the conflict, the wise and careful reader will view it as an interesting perspective by one participant and an insight into thinking about that conflict from someone writing just one decade after the events described Soap box Fehrenbach is a huge fan of General McArthur and is cutting him all kinds of slack for his decisions which cost UN soldiers lives and suffering and prolonged the war He s even made statements about how it s Truman s fault for not giving McArthur clearer instructions I m all but pulling my hair out, I m so frustrated with this one sided history Do I finish the book It s hard for me to deliberately not finish a book, and this is almost like a train wreck where you close your eyes Soap box Fehrenbach is a huge fan of General McArthur and is cutting him all kinds of slack for his decisions which cost UN soldiers lives and suffering and prolonged the war He s even made statements about how it s Truman s fault for not giving McArthur clearer instructions I m all but pulling my hair out, I m so frustrated with this one sided history Do I finish the book It s hard for me to deliberately not finish a book, and this is almost like a train wreck where you close your eyes to not see, but peek just because you want to know just how bad it can get.I would recommend anyone interested in reading about the Korean War to pick up The Coldest Winter America and the Korean War which isbalanced and less pro McArthur.Later I m glad that I finished this book Written in 1963 Fehrenbach pointed out that Americans like big wars wars where we can go all in He called them jihads or wars with righteous causes Not a term with the same connotation today in 2012 He argued that the rest of the century needed to be fought by legions which he defined as professional, well trained soldiers who understood that they are called to spend their blood for political reasons and for strategic battles Still not my favorite Korean War book but an interesting interpretation of the conflict and the lessons that we should have learned from it Wish I knew all this sooner.I knew very little about the Korean War I ve studied both World Wars, Vietnam, and the Cold War in general, but Korea hardly ever comes up I never realized how strong an effect Korea had on American policy until now If you are interested in Foreign policy and the Cold War, I highly recommend learning about this chapter in history if not from Fehrenbach, then from somewhere.The writing itself is somewhat heavy on military details and will likely be difficult for s Wish I knew all this sooner.I knew very little about the Korean War I ve studied both World Wars, Vietnam, and the Cold War in general, but Korea hardly ever comes up I never realized how strong an effect Korea had on American policy until now If you are interested in Foreign policy and the Cold War, I highly recommend learning about this chapter in history if not from Fehrenbach, then from somewhere.The writing itself is somewhat heavy on military details and will likely be difficult for someone unfamiliar with that sort of terminology Fehrenbach also occasionally gives grand descriptions to events and players, with legions on the far frontier coming fairly often in various arrangements Having served in the military myself, I can appreciate themes like this Given Fehrenbach s own service, it is hardly surprising to see, though I imagine others might have a lesser view of such things The greatest strength of the book is the ease with which Fehrenbach transitions from macro level strategic and political concerns written in an easy to follow manner to the micro level experiences of individual men, who are used to illuminate the struggles faced by men in all areas of the war Having completed the book, I can see the frustration of the men in the field, unable to understand why Washington and the UN was tying their hands partway into the war I can see why the U.S and UN leaders were trying to hold back, hoping to avoid a general war with the Soviets and I think I understand a little bit better what the Communists were trying to do in Korea, though I despise their leaders actions Personally, I reacted with a bitemotion to this book than I expected The events of the Korean War seem like some sort of tragic, pointless fiction rather than reality I can understand why no one wants to dwell on it But I think it is history that, bitter as it tastes, should be better known I saw faint reflections of modern times reflected in this history of the Korean War, and I think there are lessons in it which should not be tossed aside.In summary, I give This Kind of War 4 stars It is an excellent book which is perhaps a bit heavy on military maneuvering I think some might get bogged down in these details, but it is worth pressing through It is also far less dry than you might expect Note The Kindle edition is riddled with a huge number of typos, to the point that I almost rated this three stars instead of four Some were so baffling that I had to come to a dead stop just to figure out what I was looking at It s still very readable as a whole, but whoever is responsible for this version should be embarrassed There s lots of sentimental bullshit about lions and legions and stoic defense of the frontiers and the necessity of harsh, just, professional men to do unspeakable things in the service of polite, gentle folk, which is unfortunate because on balance it s a good book This stuff is partially redeemed by truly incisive analysis of the war effort and a ground level perspective Fehrenbach frequently summarizes entire operations not by a bloodless, detached narration of bold arrows moving over topo There s lots of sentimental bullshit about lions and legions and stoic defense of the frontiers and the necessity of harsh, just, professional men to do unspeakable things in the service of polite, gentle folk, which is unfortunate because on balance it s a good book This stuff is partially redeemed by truly incisive analysis of the war effort and a ground level perspective Fehrenbach frequently summarizes entire operations not by a bloodless, detached narration of bold arrows moving over topo maps but by description drawn from personal accounts of artillery barrages, supply drops, finding bayoneted prisoners in trenches and this is a popular one the smell of human feces The author does this because he himself was a participant in many of the operations he describes and his perspective saves this book from the maw of mediocrity If you re at all interested in Korea and what it was like for the men that fought there then this is the place to start And if you re looking for some hilarious lion metaphors you can check here too I guess Great book about the Korean War I read this book because while in the Marines one of my commanding officers gave me an copy of chapter 25, entitled, Proud Legions That chapter is still my favorite in the book because it talks about the valor and fighting ability of the Marine Corps compared to other fighting units The thing that I enjoyed the most about the book is that it taught me a lot about the Korean war I drew a lot of parallels between the war in Iraq and the Korean war If you read t Great book about the Korean War I read this book because while in the Marines one of my commanding officers gave me an copy of chapter 25, entitled, Proud Legions That chapter is still my favorite in the book because it talks about the valor and fighting ability of the Marine Corps compared to other fighting units The thing that I enjoyed the most about the book is that it taught me a lot about the Korean war I drew a lot of parallels between the war in Iraq and the Korean war If you read this book look for the similarities, they blew me away For example their was a horrible incident at a POW camp that altered the entire war Can you say Abu Ghraib As a former Army officer, I have read many military history books and I assert that This Kind of War is the best military history book I have ever read As a retired Army officer and Korean War veteran writing approximately 10 15 years after the conflict, Fehrenbach does a masterful job in his account He seamlessly is able to provide an comprehensive account of the conflict across the tactical, operational, and strategic spheres He recounts the plight of the frozen foot soldier and marine As a former Army officer, I have read many military history books and I assert that This Kind of War is the best military history book I have ever read As a retired Army officer and Korean War veteran writing approximately 10 15 years after the conflict, Fehrenbach does a masterful job in his account He seamlessly is able to provide an comprehensive account of the conflict across the tactical, operational, and strategic spheres He recounts the plight of the frozen foot soldier and marine at Chosin Reservoir as easily as he does tells the story of the MacArthur Truman brush up In doing so, he doesn t weigh the casual, non military down with tactical and operational play by play like so many military history books A must read T.R Fehrenbach s This Kind of War isof a U.S Army history of the Korean War It is long on tactical operational detail, placing less stress on politics, diplomacy and grand strategy surrounding the war Ferhenbach has an ax to grind, but it is strictly professional He despairs over the state of the army at the start of the war, unprepared, under equipped and under trained, then analyzes and chronicles how the force hardened after being bloodied The author accepts reality, albeit wi T.R Fehrenbach s This Kind of War isof a U.S Army history of the Korean War It is long on tactical operational detail, placing less stress on politics, diplomacy and grand strategy surrounding the war Ferhenbach has an ax to grind, but it is strictly professional He despairs over the state of the army at the start of the war, unprepared, under equipped and under trained, then analyzes and chronicles how the force hardened after being bloodied The author accepts reality, albeit with some complaint, that political necessity forced the US to defend its interests far from home in wars that required far less than total national commitment Then he gripes at what a poor job the national command authority did selling this necessity to the American people Fehrenbach really takes aim at the Doolittle Commission of 1946 This body rearranged the relationship between the line soldier and his NCO and CO, basically robbing commanders of their ability to enforce discipline The author devotes pages to this, citing it as the principle cause for the army s softening in the inter war years I checked for citations about this body in three different books on US military history, finding brief citation in only one From there, the nitty gritty of endless company and battalion fights are recited in lengthy detail But Fehrenbach does not succumb to the dry explanations that often accompany the arrows drawn on maps,often found in the writings of armchair generals Leadership plays a key role in winning the hard fight The author will stress this when units do well, but does not lay blame as hard as Halberstam did in The Coldest War There were times when Halberstam was vehement about MacArthur Fehrenbach simply notes that he made mistakes, but does not list them all There is also some generational distance that the reader may have a hard time grasping Fehrenbach decries how permissive American society had become in 1950 The young men who fought in Korea had personal experience in the Great Depression and certainly experienced rationing during WWII Like their parents, they enjoyed some measure of peace and prosperity during the post WWII years Maybe permissive isn t the right word here, as we associate permissive with Woodstock, 1969, not Peoria, 1949 The author again stresses the necessity for a professional army that trains realistically and accepts deployment, battle and suffering without question, while acknowledging the necessity for a citizen army in a democracy that may not be well motivated to fight a war for reasons of state as opposed to a total war for national survival I wish I read This Kind of War a decade ago Better late than never this one stays on my shelf