The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War
"In a grand gesture of reclamation and remembrance, Mr. Halberstam has brought the war back home."--The New York TimesDavid Halberstam's magisterial and thrilling The Best and the Brightest was the defining book about the Vietnam conflict. More than three decades later, Halberstam used his... show more
"In a grand gesture of reclamation and remembrance, Mr. Halberstam has brought the war back home."--The New York TimesDavid Halberstam's magisterial and thrilling The Best and the Brightest was the defining book about the Vietnam conflict. More than three decades later, Halberstam used his unrivaled research and formidable journalistic skills to shed light on another pivotal moment in our history: the Korean War. Halberstam considered The Coldest Winter his most accomplished work, the culmination of forty-five years of writing about America's postwar foreign policy.Halberstam gives us a masterful narrative of the political decisions and miscalculations on both sides. He charts the disastrous path that led to the massive entry of Chinese forces near the Yalu River and that caught Douglas MacArthur and his soldiers by surprise. He provides astonishingly vivid and nuanced portraits of all the major figures-Eisenhower, Truman, Acheson, Kim, and Mao, and Generals MacArthur, Almond, and Ridgway. At the same time, Halberstam provides us with his trademark highly evocative narrative journalism, chronicling the crucial battles with reportage of the highest order. As ever, Halberstam was concerned with the extraordinary courage and resolve of people asked to bear an extraordinary burden.The Coldest Winter is contemporary history in its most literary and luminescent form, providing crucial perspective on every war America has been involved in since. It is a book that Halberstam first decided to write more than thirty years ago and that took him nearly ten years to complete. It stands as a lasting testament to one of the greatest journalists and historians of our time, and to the fighting men whose heroism it chronicles.
Publish date: September 25th 2007
Pages no: 719
Edition language: English
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, American History
, Military History
notes pending a formal review$9.99 ebook/ 719 pages; highly effective price pointcompeting against $12 - $15 histories, cf: "[b:This Kind of War|118690|This Kind of War|T.R. Fehrenbach|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1347958618s/118690.jpg|1694719]"; the 1960s-era classic history. Halberstam, as his af...
The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War gets a 4 Star rating in the end. I so wanted it to be 5 Stars but could not get there. Halberstam is one of my most admired authors but I had some problems with this book. This book covers the lead up to the start of the Korean War, the geopolitical are...
A very solid, brief (this is an abridged audible version I'm listening to) account of the opening months of the Korean War. The indictment of MacArthur and Ned Almond (both) is devastating.This audio contains, at its end, a moving Author's Note, and a further note by Russell Baker on Halberstam's d...
This, along with Washington's Crossing, is one of my favorite war books. I found the politics of MacArthur and Almond fascinating, but that aside, I feel like this book gave me an incredible sense of what it might have been like to 'be there'--or it at least came as close as possible for something a...