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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (290 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Max Hastings Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2012 ISBN: 9781455173624
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It was the first war we could not win. At no other time since World War II have two superpowers met in battle. In this extensive history, preeminent military historian Max Hastings takes us back to the bloody, bitter struggle to restore South Korean independence after the Communist invasion of June 1950.

Using personal accounts from interviews with more than two hundred vets—including the Chinese—Hastings follows real officers and soldiers through the battles. He brilliantly captures the Cold War crisis at home—the strategies and politics of Truman, Acheson, Marshall, MacArthur, Ridgway, and Bradley—and shows what we should have learned in the war that was the prelude to Vietnam.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Must reading for any American who wants to understand one of the watershed events of the post-World War II period.” 

    Richard M. Nixon

  • “Rings true and will surely stand the test of time…Max Hastings has no peer as a writer of battlefield history.”

    Stephen E. Ambrose

  • “Fair and immensely readable…a major contribution to more than just military history…Max Hastings is among the ablest of the younger generation of British military historians…He now illuminates the struggle that changed all perceptions of the post-1945 world.”

    Alistair Horne, author of The Price of Glory

  • “Admirable…penetrating.”

    New York Times

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 12/19/2013

    " Classic study of the Korean War, takes you from the high level strategy to the unit level tactical actions. One of the best overviews of the entire conflict. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 James Loftus | 11/28/2013

    " Stared out okay but became tedious in style and repititive, not enough plausable well told witness acounts. Adjectives were poor and rolled out in a cycle of mediocrity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth/Chuck | 3/31/2013

    " Max Hastings is one of the best wartime writers. Explained a lot of things that happened that I had never read about before. Time well spent learning more about America's "Forgotten War". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renee | 10/9/2012

    " Read on the plane over to Korea en route my new position as the Navy Chief for USFK J2. It was a good introduction to the Korean War. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt Fernwalt | 10/7/2012

    " The author interviews Chinese and North Korean Veterans. The book discusses how the Korean War served as a prelude to the Vietnam War. The strategies taken by the commanders are discussed in detail. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Randy | 9/17/2012

    " Seems like Hastings could have been a bit more objective in regards to the American role instead of glorifying the British angle. However, I did like the commentary on the possible use of atomic weapons in Korea and Douglas MacArthur's role in that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt Peterson | 6/10/2011

    " I read this book while stationed in Korea, Suwon to be specific. It opened with a view of Task Force Smith over-looking the road between Suwon and Osan, as the North Koreans made their way south. I understood why we were really there and put a perspective on my presence in the country. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Groves | 5/18/2011

    " This is the best-written of all the books about the Korean War. It gives a great overview and is a good book to start off with to get a feel for the period. To learn more detail about the different campaigns, however, go to other books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rod | 5/16/2011

    " masterful account of a terrible, forgotten war "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grant | 1/24/2011

    " A somewhat dated but still very servicable narrative history. As might be expected, Hastings gives more of a British flavor to the war than most other studies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 9/21/2010

    " This is the best-written of all the books about the Korean War. It gives a great overview and is a good book to start off with to get a feel for the period. To learn more detail about the different campaigns, however, go to other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth/Chuck | 2/2/2010

    " Max Hastings is one of the best wartime writers. Explained a lot of things that happened that I had never read about before. Time well spent learning more about America's "Forgotten War". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 5/22/2008

    " The author interviews Chinese and North Korean Veterans. The book discusses how the Korean War served as a prelude to the Vietnam War. The strategies taken by the commanders are discussed in detail. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 11/28/2007

    " Classic study of the Korean War, takes you from the high level strategy to the unit level tactical actions. One of the best overviews of the entire conflict. "

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About the Author
Author Max Hastings

Max Hastings is the author of more than twenty books. He has served as a foreign correspondent and as the editor of Britain’s Evening Standard and Daily Telegraph. He has received numerous British Press awards, including Journalist of the Year in 1982 and Editor of the Year in 1988.

About the Narrator

Frederick Davidson (1932–2005), also known as David Case, was one of the most prolific readers in the audiobook industry, recording more than eight hundred audiobooks in his lifetime, including over two hundred for Blackstone Audio. Born in London, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and performed for many years in radio plays for the British Broadcasting Company before coming to America in 1976. He received AudioFile’s Golden Voice Award and numerous Earphones Awards and was nominated for a Grammy for his readings.