The Coldest Winter : America and the Korean War (Hardcover) - Halberstam, David

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Detailed accuracy 1947 through 1951 Rap Up beyond

on 11/28/2007

Absolutely fantastic book, worth full price, not a short read it takes time but worth every minute. I thought I had a good grasp of those post WW II years but I learned something new in each chapter and discovered how I and others had been totally misinformed about how the Nationalist lost China. This book captures and holds the reader's attention as it combines vivid detailed combat information together with all the political and command structure problems that plagued the operational forces. I missed the big war but graduated from Navy flight training May 1950 a month before the North Koreans invaded the south. I flew Corsairs in Korea and will add one thing not covered and that is Chinese anti aircraft fire was a lot more concentrated and deadly by 1952. Read More

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Tackling the Korean War with monumental research and laser-sharp reportage, Halberstam explores the untold heroism and pathos of the worst American military defeat since Little Big Horn--and the Washington politics that set it in motion.


Publisher Hachette Books
Mfg Part# 9781401300524
SKU 204481266
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 1401300529
Release Date 9/25/2007
Dimensions (in Inches) 9.5H x 7L x 2T
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David Halberstam
The son of a doctor and a teacher, David Halberstam grew up in the New York area, went to Harvard, and immediately after graduating went to Mississippi for his first newspaper job--from which he was abruptly dismissed. His second job was with the legendary Nashville Tennessean, where he covered the civil rights movement and learned the craft of reporting from his colleagues. "With all due respect to the faculty," he told a 2005 Columbia University graduating class, ''in the end, journalists mostly teach each other." His experiences in the south eventually found their way into one of his many best-selling books, THE CHILDREN, in 1999. In 1960, Halberstam got a job with the New York Times and was sent to Vietnam, where his accurate reporting upset President Kennedy enough to cause him to complain to the newspaper's publisher (to no avail) and for which Halberstam won a Pulitzer Prize in 1964. After leaving the Times, he embarked on perhaps the most noted book of his career, THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST, published in 1972, which analyzed how the U.S. got mired in the Vietnam War as the result of bad decisions by supposedly gifted advisors, including McGeorge Bundy, Dean Rusk, and Robert McNamara. | |Halberstam wrote primarily for magazines such as Harper's and Esquire, focusing on American life, and his books include a popular history, THE FIFTIES, and a book on media and power, THE POWERS THAT BE. Halberstam is also remembered for many books on sports, including THE SUMMER OF '49, which chronicles the rivalry between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox, as well as OCTOBER, 1964, on the last days of the Yankee dynasty, and a book on rowing called THE AMATEURS. He wrote THE EDUCATION OF A COACH, a portrait of Bill Belichick, and was working on a book on the football player Y.A. Tittle when he was killed in a car accident in 2007. Those last books may reflect Halberstam's own dedication to the younger generations of journalists by sharing anecdotes and giving advice. In that same 2005 commencement address at Columbia, he advised the graduates to have courage in life and work, and to resist the efforts of others to scare them off: "Never, never, never let them intimidate you."
"[A] vivid chronicle packed with the anecdotes and the stories of great men."
"Commanding and evocative as Halberstam is about the brutal face of battle, his career's forte of explaining political contexts is the crucial advantage of this work, offering answers on how America became involved in the Korean conflict."
"Alive with the voices of the men who fought, Halberstam's telling is a virtuoso work of history."
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Editors Note A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist explores the lesser-known elements of heroism and pathos that marked the Korean War, in a narrative successor to The Best and the Brightest that evaluates political decisions and miscalculations on both sides of the conflict.
Annotation The late David Halberstam brings to this history of the Korean War the same combination of research, analysis, and narrative skill he delivered in THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST, his Pulitzer Prize-winning book on the Vietnam War. THE COLDEST WINTER chronicles the political and military missteps by the larger-than-life personalities, including General Douglas MacArthur, as he shows how their gross misunderstanding took the nation off-course and exacted a costly toll on America's fighting men, whom he depicts as heroes in a bad war. THE COLDEST WINTER was a finalist for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in History.
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Book Format Hardcover
Minimum Age 18
Number of Pages 0736
Publisher Hyperion Books

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Detailed accuracy 1947 through 1951 Rap Up beyond on Nov 28, 2007