Pure Grit fErmination to rid the country of their Japanese overlords and return to Korea to the Koreans The South under Syngman Rhee was controlled Japanese collaborators who cooperated with the the US in its dedication to ridding the country of leftists whether or not they were working in league with the Northern communists Worse atrocities were committed by the South than any committed by the North And even after the outcome at the 38th parallel was rather well settled the US continued a bombing campaignor 2 years to decimate all northern economic activity Thus the attitudes of the North toward the Japanese the US and the South were cemented by the reality of their subjugation and persecution They blocked out the rest of the world other than the Chinese who had helped them and became the North Korea that we know todayCumings does not approve or condone the dynasty that has developed in North Korea their manipulation of mythology and superstition But it becomes clear rom reading his book why it became that wayBeyond being great history this book is also historiographical and discusses how the history of Korea and the war were written with a non Korean bias making the actions of Kim
Il Jong Seem Like Those Jong seem like those a anatic rather than one seeking a legitimate nationalistic goal Cumings has accessed recently declassified documents as well as testimonials rom survivors to paint a portrait of Korea that no American has ever seen before He attempts to bring the mysterious war between the wars into the light a conflict orgotten even before it was Ajax is All About Attack finished while casting doubt on our perceptions of heroes and villainsTheights against Communism and colonialism are the backdrop America the Philosophical for this painful dissection that begins with Korea s nineteenth century occupation by Japan A culture as old and as rich as any other was then pushed and pulled ripped apart by influence and interferencerom the United States the Soviet Union and China Fears and prejudices sparked atrocities by both north and south Korea against each other and against their own people and Cumings shows that America shares much responsibility The Northmans Bride (Sons of the North for letting it happen as well as taking part A civil war that was won uickly by an outsider The Korean War then became an attempt to put aoot to the throat of growing global Communism a transgression that turned victory into stalemate and perceived defeatA short book and otherwise easy read with revelations that are hard to accept and impossible to orget NORTH AND SOUTH EAST AND WESTWhile reading through the reviews of Bruce Cummings The Korean War I noticed 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 irst thirty seven pages of two hundred and The Northman's Bride forty three that narrate the actions of leaders and armiesrom 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 warCummings places the war of 1950 53 irmly 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 tranuillity prior to the war insurrections were endemic and the South Korean regimes response were extremely brutal The background detail on the two regimes that ormed when the US artificially split Korea in 1945 is useful in so ar as it diminishes assumptions based on the current state of North South KoreaOther issues dealt with include a resh look at how the war started the role of Leading the Way foreign powers of whom the USollowed by the Chinese were the most important the uestion of US s possible use of nuclear weapons the role the war played in the origin of the Military Industrial complex attrocities Cummings claims the SOUTH KOREAN FORCES WERE RESPONSIBLE South Korean orces were responsible roughly six times attrocities than the Chinese Korean orces how both sides viewed one another and how memories of the war have effected all sides not least the North where the War and their previous experience with Japanese Imperialism provide historical justification The Single Girl's Guide to Marrying a Man, His Kids, and His Ex-Wife: Becoming a Stepmother with Humor and Grace for the regimeThis is aascinating book Bes its origin as a civil war preordained long before the When Red Cried Wolf first shots wereired in June 1950 by lingering ury over Japan’s occupation of Korea rom 1910 to 1945 Cumings then shares the neglected history of America’s post–World War II occupation of Korea reveals untold stories of bloody insurgencies and rebellions and tells of the United States officially entering the action on the side of the South exposing as never before the appalling massacres
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an unusual choice or the Modern Library Nonfiction catalogue Cumings assertsunusual choice or the Modern Library Nonfiction catalogue Cumings asserts Song of the Forest for myriad reasons the Korean War drifted out of collective consciousness The American stewards of the War Acheson MacArthur never understood the origins and prosecuted it in a heavy handed way which only exacerbated antipathy between North and South The author asserts that the war can only be understood in the context that Japan made Korea a colony in the early 20C and that the ruling elite of the South collaborated with the Nipponese until About the worst book I ve read about the Korean warthe author tries so hard to discredit others who have written about this war And the American men whoought and suffered there I assume the author never ulfilled his military obligation When GI s were dying in Asian countrieshe was probably sipping mint julips and playing with himself The author has a very scattered style of writing with mentions of Marilyn Monroe Picasso and a lot Other reviewers have already pointed out that the title is a misnomer While Cumings manages to cover the history of the war as well as the pre and post history it is definitely not a straight narrative history The book is a revisionist look at the orgotten war which tries to show the darker side atrocities by our soldiers and allies of our participation rather than just that of the North Koreans I don t know enough about the events to judge his point of view but I ound it I don t know enough about the events to judge his point of view but I ound it and I do like reading both or all views of an issue There was a lot of overlap with this book at The Icarus Syndrome which I just inished
see my review in that Cumings sees the US orgetting the Sextasy: Master the Timeless Techniques of Tantra, Tao, and the Kama Sutra to Take Lovemaking to New Heights failed attempt to take the North andocused solelymy review in that Cumings sees the US Still Life with Chickens forgetting theailed attempt to take the North and Still Life with Chickens: Starting Over in a House by the Sea focused solely their successful push back to the 38th parallel and then using this as pretext to launch similar campaigns elsewhereThe Korean War was thus the occasionor recasting containment as an open ended global proposition 219Finally it was this war and not World War II which established a Paradox Bound farlung American base structure abroad and a national security state at home as defense spending nearly uadrupled in the last six months of 1950 and turned the United States into the policeman of the world 243 I had issues with this book Many many issues though I didn t outright hate it I have to give it thatThe irst being that or all the title is The Korean War this book really isn t about the Korean War The STFU, Parents: The Jaw-Dropping, Self-Indulgent, and Occasionally Rage-Inducing World of Parent Overshare first chapter is a brief summary and then they talk about the atrocities committed during the war but it s hardly theocus of the book While I ound a great deal of what he wrote about interesting such as pre Korean War rebellions that s not what I bought a book to read aboutOn top of that the book bounces all over the place time wiseI also didn t like Cumings s writing style The North Korean bias that didn t bother me actually it was airly refreshing reading that given how vilianized the country normally is not really When he went and made sweeping statements that take that bias way too Syncopated: An Anthology of Nonfiction Picto-Essays far One example that stood out to me was basically South Koreaought with the Japanese and supported colonialism which completely underminesundervalues any resistance that South Korea made in ejecting the Japanese colonial government Cumings also writes Are All Guys Assholes?: More Than 1,000 Guys in 10 Cities Reveal Why They're Not, Why They Sometimes Act Like They Are, and How Understanding Their ... Will Solve Your Guy Drama Once and For All from one extreme to another without everinding a middle ground For example in the introduction the tone comes across as basically Korea should be grateful that Japan colonized it and effectively tried to eradicate it s culture because modernization Really the only reason they re still holding a grudge is because they re sore losers Then not long after he goes to the complete opposite when talking about the horrendous crime that was comfort women and goes straight to Japanese bashing I will give him kudos What a Lass Wants forocusing on the brutality of the allies side given that it s usually only Conquering Your Quarterlife Crisis: Advice from Twentysomethings Who Have Been There and Survived focused on North Korea since they were the bad guys On top of that the language was toolowery and repetitive This is the book to read Mexican Hooker for an understanding of Korea not just the Korean War but Korea itself north and south North Korea will be much less enigmatic once you read this book Cumings goes deep into Korean history and especially into the Japanese occupation of Korea and Manchuriarom the 1930s until the end of WWII In Cumings retelling the North under Kim Il Jong was heroic in its det. A BRACING ACCOUNT OF A WAR THAT IS EITHER MISUNDERSTOOD FORGOTTEN OR WILLFULLY IGNORED For Americans it was a discrete conflict lasting The League for the Suppression of Celery from 1950 to 1953 Butor the Asian world the Korean War was a generations long struggle that still haunts contemporary events With access to new evidence and secret materials The Thirteen-Gun Salute from both here and abroad including an archive of captured North Korean documents Bruce Cumings reveals the war as it was actuallyought He descri. Nd in my opinion gains than it loses or not being a chronological account of the movements of armies and the decisions of generals and political leaders Instead its thoughtful analysis and multifaceted approach serve to give the reader a richer view of a war that in the West has largely been eclipsed by the Second World War that preceded it and the War in Vietnam which was the next Asian country to eel the effects of US military intervention The Korean War is a book I wouldn t hesitate to recommend This work is not a ull and many sided account of the Korean War p231 as the author himself concedes In large measure this is because unlike the United States and South Korea the archives of North Korea are unavailable We know enough The Day Fidel Died from recently opened Soviet archives that it was exactly the war Truman said It was at the time Kremlin aggression p 228 We know evenrom American and Korean archives and rom the work of the Korean Truth and Reconciliation Commission that US orces were complicit if not actually responsible or some of the worst human rights violations during the war No wonder Americans would like to orget all about itNevertheless the Korean War changed the United States in ways that World Wars I and II and Vietnam didn t The author claims that Korea was the real origin of the military industrial complex with American bases around the world and an explosion in defense spending and contracting It turned the United States into a country entirely remote Gulp!: The Seven-Day Crash Course to Master Fear and Break Through Any Challenge from what theounding The Outlaw and the Upstart King fathers had in mind where everyoreign threat however small or unlikely became magnified and the undamental relationship of this country to the world has changed oreverThis argument isn t new and I Standing By: The Making of an American Military Family in a Time of War find it a bit overblown The original military industrial complex emerged during the US Civil War and revived during World Wars I and II The Manhattan Projector example brought military science and industry into collaboration that has never ended Nonetheless Korea did bring us unprecedented peacetime spending on the military and a necklace of US installations around the Soviets necksThe ignorance of US policymakers about Korean history culture and politics was also nothing new When have the Americans ever understood the countries they occupy or meddle Not the Philippines certainly or Brazil or Greece or Iran or Ira orwell hell pick the country Americans never learn because they have sufficient power to overlook those different rom us As Thucydides long ago wrote The strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must I don t think that has changed This book was informative about mostly ghastly and terrible war crimes that were committed during the Korean war It did not go in depth about the actual battles or the White House strategy of the war as I was hoping It was clearly written by a hard core liberal with a lot of anger built up or his own country The book demonized the South Koreans and the Americans in the war while trying to make Kim Il Sung look not so bad
THE MOST DAMNING PART OF THEmost damning part of the was when he stated and I m paraphrasing Yes the North Koreans killed several American POW s but it was a merciful bullet behind the ear He then went on to make the crimes committed by the North Koreans pale in comparison to the evil south Koreans and explain why the communists hate us so much It was well written but it did not Stories for a Kindred Heart: Over 100 Treasures to Touch Your Soul focus on the war so much and if I were in the Kremlin I would use this book as propagandaor young students studying the west Too liberal too anti American too many exceptions Concrete And Wild Carrot for communist crimes I appreciated that this book despite its title is not a blow by blow history of the war activity in North and South Korea While Cumings describes the atrocities of the Korean War 1950 1953 hisocus is also on the historical background events of Korea the involvement of the Soviet Union and China the Japanese occupation the internal guerilla activities and American intervention Understanding the past ellucidates the present I have not read enough books or studied the Korean War this history was rather glossed over in the Korean War this history was rather glossed over in history classes to determine the possible biases in Cumings book but he is correct that the war has been the orgotten war or as Cumings prefers the unknown war the repercussions of which are still presentThis book has inspired me to read Stories for a Teen's Heart further about the Korean War and American relations with Southeast Asi. Nd atrocities committed on all sidesElegantly written and blisteringly honest The Korean War is like the war it illuminates brief devastating and essentialPraiseor The Korean War“A powerful revisionist history a sobering corrective” The New York Times“Worth reading This work raises the uestion of what Korea can tell us about the outlook or Ira and Afghanistan” Financial Times “Well sourced and elegantly presented” The Wall Street Journ.