Brothers at War

Brothers at War

The Unending Conflict in Korea

Book - 2013
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Sixty years after North Korean troops crossed the 38th parallel into South Korea, the Korean War has not yet ended. Sheila Miyoshi Jager presents the first comprehensive history of this misunderstood war, one that risks involving the world's superpowers--again. Her sweeping narrative ranges from the middle of the Second World War--when Korean independence was fiercely debated between Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill--to the present day, as North Korea, with China's aid, stockpiles nuclear weapons while starving its people. At the center of this conflict is an ongoing struggle between North and South Korea for the mantle of Korean legitimacy, a "brother's war," which continues to fuel tensions on the Korean peninsula and the region.Drawing from newly available diplomatic archives in China, South Korea, and the former Soviet Union, Jager analyzes top-level military strategy. She brings to life the bitter struggles of the postwar period and shows how the conflict between the two Koreas has continued to evolve to the present, with important and tragic consequences for the region and the world. Her portraits of the many fascinating characters that populate this history--Truman, MacArthur, Kim Il Sung, Mao, Stalin, and Park Chung Hee--reveal the complexities of the Korean War and the repercussions this conflict has had on lives of many individuals, statesmen, soldiers, and ordinary people, including the millions of hungry North Koreans for whom daily existence continues to be a nightmarish struggle.The most accessible, up-to date, and balanced account yet written, illustrated with dozens of astonishing photographs and maps, Brothers at War will become the definitive chronicle of the struggle's origins and aftermath and its global impact for years to come.
Published: New York :, W. W. Norton & Company,, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780393068498
0393068498
Branch Call Number: 951.9042 JAG
Characteristics: xvi, 605 pages :,illustrations, maps ;,25 cm

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Oct 15, 2013

Mac Arthur had become deeply despondent over the consequeces of China's intervention.

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Oct 15, 2013

Smith made headlines around the world when he refused to call the withdrawal a retreat,"Retreat hell" he said,"We are not retreating. We're just advancing in a different direction."

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Oct 12, 2013

Stalin's death was a turning point in the war, although few had been prepaired for it.

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SEBoiko
Oct 12, 2013

In the emerging cold war environment, a calculated determination was made that rebuilding Japan, rather than punishing Japanese war criminals, would better serve the long term security interests of the United States and the free world.

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Oct 07, 2013

instigating crises in response to internal domestic turmoil, a familiar North Korean tactic ....

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Oct 07, 2013

North Korea had survived by playing the two communist powers against each other, but this leverage would no longer be available.

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Oct 07, 2013

The Great Leap was a huge lie.

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Sep 11, 2013

The tiger wanted to eat human beings when it would do so would depend on its appetite.

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Sep 11, 2013

Mao had also based his decision to enter the war on the understanding that China would receive air support from the Soviet Union.

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Sep 11, 2013

Kim had no contingency plan for failure.

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