Extended Audio Sample

Download The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War Audiobook, by David Halberstam
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,216 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Halberstam Narrator: Edward Herrmann Publisher: Hyperion Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2007 ISBN:
Coming Soon! We're adding audiobooks daily and hope to make this one available for download very soon. Submit your vote below to let us know you really crave this title!
Vote this up! This audiobook has 2 votes

David Halberstam's magisterial and thrilling The Best and the Brightest was the defining book for the Vietnam War. More than three decades later, Halberstam used his unrivalled research and formidable journalistic skills to shed light on another dark corner in our history: the Korean War. The Coldest Winter is a successor to The Best and the Brightest, even though, in historical terms, it precedes it. Halberstam considered The Coldest Winter the best book he ever wrote, the culmination of 45 years of writing about America's postwar foreign policy.

Up until now, the Korean War has been the black hole of modern American history. The Coldest Winter changes that. 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, 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.

At the heart of this audiobook are the individual stories of the soldiers on the front lines who were left to deal with the consequences of the dangerous misjudgments and competing agendas of powerful men. We meet them, follow them, and see some of the most dreadful battles in history through their eyes. As ever, Halberstam was concerned with the extraordinary courage and resolve of people asked to bear an extraordinary burden. Download and start listening now!

BK_HYPE_000052

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave | 2/3/2014

    " I loved it. It made me want to talk with my father, a Korean War vet, about his experiences. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bruce | 12/25/2013

    " This book sheds light on a war that has been all but forgotten by Americans. There is much to be learned by this first confrontation of the post WWII world. The Coldest Winter was written by one of America's finest journalists, David Halberstam. Sadly, it was also his final work. He was killed in an auto accident in April 2007. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 George | 12/13/2013

    " So sad that David Halberstam died shortly after finishing this remarkable book. The Korean War and its veterans have been well served by his engaging writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn | 11/28/2013

    " Halberstam's last book was informative, readable (if not a fast read) and comprehensive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phillip | 11/22/2013

    " A harrowing story about the frustrating Korean War. Our soldiers endured many hardships. A good background for understanding politics on the Korean Peninsula. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dayla | 11/11/2013

    " Excellent historical novel about the Korean War. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dad | 11/7/2013

    " A great story about the triumph of the common soldier in spite of the ego driven mistakes of their leaders. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan Judnick | 8/30/2013

    " Outstanding book about America's forgotten war, and the idiocy that caused so many casualties. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 3/20/2013

    " Compelling narative, with vivid character development. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 1/24/2013

    " An overall picture of the situation of the world at the end of WWII and the people and events which led to the Korean War. Many ego traps among the world leaders led to miscalculations and misinterpretations of their foes and their own relationships with the people of their counties. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 12/31/2012

    " Halberstam at his finest: critical of poor decisions, praising of good ones, and always generous to the average Joe. A fine basic history of the Korean War. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 12/5/2012

    " A great read! David Halberstam's last work. He will be missed by this reader "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 11/21/2012

    " Excellent information; easy to read. Compelling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill Johnson | 11/11/2012

    " One of the best non fiction/history books I've read. I was so unaware of what happened in Korea. Such interesting characters--Truman, McArthur, and the army generals and the chess match that went back and forth. Really interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Travis | 7/24/2012

    " Well written. Really helped me understand the Korean war, and the personalities that drove it. Amazing that the decisions of those men (yes, mostly men) could reach down through history and affect my life personally on many levels, from my wife to my current job. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 7/12/2012

    " A nearly perfect book. I needed maps but google helped me out there! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jerry Della | 1/20/2012

    " Excellent history of America and Korean War. Mixed battlefield descriptions with the politics at home and descriptions of main characters. Recommend this author!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 12/1/2011

    " Excellent history. I never knew anything about the korean War and this book explains it all, and how it let to the Vietnam War. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mitchell | 11/5/2011

    " Absolutely outstanding book covering the personalities, politics, and fighting during the Korean War. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 6/15/2011

    " I learned so much - about Korea, General MacArthur, and the politics of the time. What is going on now is not so very different from then, politically - same groups/different names. Excellent read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb | 6/15/2011

    " Very interesting book which left me with a new appreciation of the men who fought this war, and the country of Korea itself. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rich | 5/21/2011

    " gave up 40% of the way through. Too much uninteresting detail... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phil | 4/22/2011

    " What a read!!! It is truly amazing that the world didn't blow itself up in its atomic infancy. This book shows the courage of our not just our fighting forces, but of our Korean friends as well. Sadly it also points out the terror and waste of war. Really-what is it good for? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 2/20/2011

    " Halberstam did a fantastic job of explaining the military and political aspects of the war. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 2/4/2011

    " Best account of the Korean War that I have read to date. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 1/30/2011

    " I knew next to nothing about the Korean War and this book cured that deficiency by providing a compelling human tale without overlooking the strategic and political considerations. It made the visit to the Korean War memorial on the Mall even more moving. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dojo_mouse | 1/14/2011

    " Halberstam never disappoints. A brilliant perspective on the Forgotten War. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mitchell | 1/9/2011

    " Absolutely outstanding book covering the personalities, politics, and fighting during the Korean War. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorelei | 12/21/2010

    " Accessible history. Good personal stories. Perhaps a bit long. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben | 12/7/2010

    " Okay a little off topic with all the background and personalities presented. It does not cover the entire war only up until 1951. "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author
Author David Halberstam

David Halberstam graduated from Harvard, where he had served as managing editor of the daily Harvard Crimson. It was 1955, a year after the Supreme Court outlawed segregation in public schools. Halberstam went south and began his career as the one reporter on the West Point, Mississippi, Daily Times Leader. He was fired after ten months there and went to work for the Nashville Tennessean. When the sit-ins broke out in Nashville in February 1960, he was assigned to the story as principal reporter. He joined the New York Times later that year, winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1964 for his early reports from Vietnam. He has received every other major journalistic award, and is a member of the Society of American Historians.

About the Narrator

Edward Herrmann (1943–2014) was one of America’s top audiobook narrators. He won multiple Earphones and Audie Awards, and his narration of the King James version of the Bible remains a benchmark in the industry.