General John Wickham commanded US Forces in Korea during times of extreme crisis and turmoil. He replaced an extrememly popular predecessor - Jack Vessey - and represented a rather unpopular administration - Jimmy Carter's, thereby placing himself willingly in a tough spot from the start. While this alone would have sufficed to lend stress to his command, a bizarre series of events beginning with the assassination of President Park and culminating with the "rolling coup" of General Chun Do Hwan, made his tour one that will forever be examined and second guessed. The willingness of power-seeking Koreans to use Wickham as a kind of buffer or apologist - completely against his desires - have created a controversy that this work is designed partially to allay. For the first time the reader is exposed to the innermost thoughts and writings of a military commander forced by events to observe, report and reluctantly participate in activities of a political nature in a host country wracked by internal conflict and threatened by imminent invasion. Sit beside General Wickham as confused reports cross his desk and forces beyond his span of control place his command, his reputation and his career in danger. Relive this fast paced account of a period of East Asian history that is little known to the world but during which the danger of superpower conflict flared high. By collecting, declassifying and assembling this very readable memoir along with accompanying documents and memoranda of meetings and conversations, General Wickham has provided us not only with an exciting insiders view of history but has rendered an invaluable service to those who will strive to chronicle these halcyon days of a Korea in crisis. He has gone a long way to set the record straight. This is a must read for those whose interests cross the lines of East Asia, modern Korea, Cold War conflict or who simply possess a curiosity about how policy makers wrestle with troubling situations.