Brothers at War
The Unending Conflict in KoreaBook - 2013
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.
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[On the Clinton Administration's Agreed Framework between the United States of America and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea]
A Washington Post editorial opined, "How can such an agreement even be defended? ... It pays North Korea, and handsomely, for returning to the nonnuclear obligations it took on and violated and ideally should not have been paid for at all... The accord sets an international precedent that lets the North Koreans keep hiding for years the very facilities whose inspection would show their nuclear cheating to day."
Mac Arthur had become deeply despondent over the consequeces of China's intervention.
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."
Stalin's death was a turning point in the war, although few had been prepaired for it.
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.
instigating crises in response to internal domestic turmoil, a familiar North Korean tactic ....
North Korea had survived by playing the two communist powers against each other, but this leverage would no longer be available.
The tiger wanted to eat human beings when it would do so would depend on its appetite.
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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