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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Modern Library; Reprint edition (12 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081297896X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812978964
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A powerful revisionist history . . . a sobering corrective."--"The New York Times
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"Worth reading . . . This work raises the question of what Korea can tell us about the outlook for Iraq and Afghanistan."--"Financial Times
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"Well-sourced [and] elegantly presented."--"The Wall Street Journal"

A powerful revisionist history . . . a sobering corrective. "The New York Times
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Worth reading . . . This work raises the question of what Korea can tell us about the outlook for Iraq and Afghanistan. "Financial Times
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Well-sourced [and] elegantly presented. "The Wall Street Journal""

About the Author

Bruce Cumings is the Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor and chair of the Department of History at the University of Chicago, and specializes in modern Korean history and East Asian American relations."


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Prof Bruce Cumings is a respected authority on modern Korean history, even the CIA invites him to help educate their staff on Korean matters. But he is denied the wide audience he deserves in the US, as the uncomfortable truths he has to share make extremely uncomfortable reading for citizens of the Western world and calls into question our view of the USA as the benign force for good and freedom in world. After reading this the reader will understand that the fiery rhetoric that erupts from North Korea today has more basis in historical fact that one would have ever imagined.
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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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While reading through the reviews of Bruce Cummings "The Korean War" I noticed more than one reviewer complain that Cummings book isn't a history of the war. Up to a point they are right, it is not a conventional history of that war beyond the first thirty-seven pages of two hundred and forty-three that narrate the actions of leaders and armies from beginning to end of the "war". But it only takes a moment of reflection to realise that the remainder of the book is as valid a part of the history of that war.

Cummings places the war of 1950-53 firmly in its historical context, making it clear that there had in essence been conflict going back decades in Korea, exacerbated by the Japanese invasion of Manchuria, and between those who collaborated with the Japanese and those who didn't. To an extent this division was also class based. He also disabuses the reader of any notion that South Korea was a land of peace and tranquillity prior to the war, insurrections were endemic and the South Korean regimes response were extremely brutal. The background detail on the two regimes that formed when the U.S. artificially split Korea in 1945 is useful in so far as it diminishes assumptions based on the current state of North & South Korea.

Other issues dealt with include a fresh look at how the war started, the role of foreign powers (of whom the U.S. followed by the Chinese were the most important), the question of U.S.'s possible use of nuclear weapons, the role the war played in the origin of the Military-Industrial complex, attrocities (Cummings claims the U.S.
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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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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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