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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and incisive.
A very good read, but not for those seeking a book about battles and combat. This book is comprised of a wide ranging set of essays on different aspects of the war, it's context, and it's legacy.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Korean War: A History
Interesting and provocative, however (unless I missed the point) very little about the Korean War! I expected maps, logistics, details of strategy, high level wins/losses. The book was incredibly opinionated and focused on politics/massacres/long term history. I do believe that such wrongfulness should be in the public eye, but the book title did not reflect the content...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and incisive., 17 July 2011
This review is from: The Korean War: A History (Modern Library Chronicles) (Kindle Edition)
A very good read, but not for those seeking a book about battles and combat. This book is comprised of a wide ranging set of essays on different aspects of the war, it's context, and it's legacy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A counterweight to decades of propaganda, 18 April 2014
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Shaun Wilde (Midlands, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Korean War: A History (Modern Library Chronicles) (Kindle Edition)
The day after the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, the U.S. decided it was now in charge of Korea up to an arbitrary boundary at the 38th parallel. In the north, a government formed from rebels who had fought Japanese imperial barbarity. In the south, the U.S. installed a government made up of those who had collaborated with it.
Like it or not, the government of the north was popular amongst ordinary Koreans, which is why so many of them in the south were slaughtered by soldiers and militiamen who were often led by Americans.
Bruce Cumings continues in this vein to debunk many of the enduring myths surrounding the Korean War, invented by the U.S. and its allies at the time and left largely unchallenged since. In fact, the truth is almost the exact obverse of the official narrative. The supposed cruelty of the north is as nothing compared to the massacre and destruction wreaked by the south and its puppet master.
And finally, Cumings does his best to convey to the reader the history and character of Korea, all Korea. Through this book, you are guided to an understanding of where we are now.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep and compassionate, 22 Dec 2011
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Bruce Cummings is a courageous man: holding some uncomfortable truths in a country which is so uneasy about its imperialist policies is nothing short of heroic. Sure, he can expect all sorts of bigots to label him anti-American, communist-lover and other similar stuff. Yet, the book is well argued, with hard facts and that is its main merit. To give an insightful account on the significance of the Korean War on is 50th anniversary. But Cumings does more than this. He also gives a compassionate account of the importance of acknowledging the injury caused to the Korean people by US interference and imperialist policies and to acknowledge the responsibility the US still has in maintaining a fragile and dangerous status quo. This book is not so much about history, as an urgent call to engage, understand and accept that Korea belongs to Koreans and that it is up to them, wheteher South or North, to decide what they want with as little outside interference as possible. It is a call for the US to accept that the DPRK is another country and stop behaving in a colonial way that perpetuates a Cold War situation out of date. It is a call to learn to say sorry and correct past mistakes to pave the way for a brighter future that all of humanity deserves. Surely, those who prefer war mongering and gung ho imperial politics may find it weak, those who believe in peace will appreciate his effort. Well done Mr Cumings.
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8 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mindblowing, 16 Dec 2010
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This book is a truly in depth and definitive guide to US imperialism in the east. An excellent companion to Blowback by Chalmers Johnson.

Although the author is not a marxist, socialist or communist, he openly criticises the imperialist and colonialist foreign policies of the US in such accurate detail they can not be refuted. Cuming's knowledge of the Korean war is profound and sensitive, most importantly to the Korean people. The author demonstrates himself as an anti imperialist and an anti racist- both excellent principles which make this work enlightening.

This book is an excellent read for all those studying Korea, North Korea and this history of Japanese imperialism in the region. The author's detail of the Korean war, although taking up a large part of the book, is not the entirety of the read. Cumings offers lots of other details about the history of the region and its relation to and interference with by US imperialism.

Im surprised there are not more reviews for this book. Not only is it well written, but it is politically excellent and a noteworthy study of Korea. Well done Bruce Cumings.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Korean War: A History, 15 Jun 2012
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Interesting and provocative, however (unless I missed the point) very little about the Korean War! I expected maps, logistics, details of strategy, high level wins/losses. The book was incredibly opinionated and focused on politics/massacres/long term history. I do believe that such wrongfulness should be in the public eye, but the book title did not reflect the content. Great sentiment, difficult and challenging book.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it is very happy to have one, 28 Dec 2012
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars biased one sided history, 17 Mar 2014
Bruce Cummings is the doyen of left wing historians, ideologically determined to contort every aspect of the Korean war to portray the US in the worst possible light. And this alas is par of the course. Perhaps a kitty should be established to send Bruce to live in a North Korean village full of indoctrinated starving peasants where he can live out his days. And maybe just maybe Bruce would come to realize if the Americans had not fought the good fight South Koreans, instead of enjoying some of the highest living standards in the world would be suffering that same fate.
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