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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (269 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: T. R. Fehrenbach Narrator: Kevin Foley Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The fiftieth anniversary of the Korean War makes this an appropriate time to revisit This Kind of War, the monumental study of the conflict that began in June 1950. Successive generations of United States military officers have considered this book an indispensable part of their education.

T. R. Fehrenbach’s narrative brings to life the harrowing and bloody battles that were fought up and down the Korean Peninsula. Partly drawn from official records, operations journals, and histories, it is based largely on the compelling personal narratives of the small-unit commanders and their troops. Unlike any other work on the Korean War, it provides a clear panoramic view, sharp insight into the successes and failures of US forces, and a riveting account of fierce clashes between UN troops and the North Korean and Chinese communist invaders.

The lessons that Colonel Fehrenbach identifies still resonate. Severe peacetime budget cuts after World War II left the US military a shadow of its former self. The terrible lesson of Korea was that to send into action troops trained for nothing but “serving a hitch” in some quiet billet was an almost criminal act. Throwing these ill-trained and poorly equipped troops into the heat of battle resulted in the war’s early routs. The United States was simply unprepared for war. As we enter a new century with Americans and North Koreans continuing to face each other across the 38th parallel, we would do well to remember the price we paid during the Korean War.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marko Sertic | 2/19/2014

    " Great book, particularly about a war that isn't as well known as some of the other US wars. Definitely an eye opener. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Chadwick Swenson | 2/17/2014

    " The best history from the American point of view of the Forgotten War. A must read for all Army Officers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Michael Robinson | 2/17/2014

    " If you'd like to learn what you didn't learn about the Korean War in the public schools, read this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Wachlin007 Hotmail | 1/12/2014

    " This book gives a very detailed account of the Korean conflict. I was surprised that the last half of this war was basically meaningless. I thought it was very well researched. I enjoyed this book. "

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About the Author

Colonel T. R. Fehrenbach (Ret.) commanded United States Army units in Korea at the platoon, company, and battalion levels. He is the author of Comanches: The Destruction of a People, Lone Star: A History of Texas and the Texans, and Seven Keys to Texas. He has also been a contributor to many publications, including Esquire, the Atlantic, the Saturday Evening Post, and the New Republic. He lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife, Lillian.