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Written during the Korean War, The Hidden History of the Korean War was so accurate that the U.S. Government bought up all copies of it and burned them at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City!
I read this book in high school, finding it quite by accident while researching something else in the library. I'd never read anything substantive about the Korean War previously, thus the interest. What Stone relates, with ample documentation, is a story far, far different than what I'd been led to believe.Since then I've purchased the book in its recent incarnation as a volume in the "A Nonconformist History of Our Times".
The author assumes you already know everything official about the Korean war. After 3 chapters dedicated to how there's no way US did not know the North was about to invade, I gave up - this was not the book I was looking for. Well-written, though (if a bit exhaustive/reiterative).
The Korean war is a forgotten war but the longest lasting American conflict which saw 25,000 combat troops in Korea which shows how easy it is to get into a war but much harder to get out of it, how over 4 million people were killed, including 35,000 americans. The book exposes the truth and cold hard facts not some fictitious story which other writers would have you believe which is full of gaps and distortions.
Very disturbing, yet consistent with Howard Zinn's "History." Hidden subtleties of policy that killed millions in the name of the "Commie Menace."
Stone is writing about a critical time in US national security. Unfortunately, Stone knows little to nothing about how the elements of national security – military, diplomacy, intelligence – work. This reader has experience education in all three areas. A key repeated failing by Stone is the assumption that contingency planning, by either the military or diplomats, indicates an expectation, even a desire, for the contingent event to occur. The US had a Single Integrated Operations Plan, from 196...
Fascinating analysis Through close analysis of the documentary record Stone builds a compelling case that once the war started MacArthur and Truman did everything they could to prevent a peaceful settlement of the conflict. The war was too convenient for Washington to allow it to end too soon. It's an enjoyable read that provides an excellent introduction to a conflict about which I had no prior exposure.
Important ReadConsidering the publication date, the radically unpopular perspective, and the depth of investigation, this is an important read. Even if the reader does not formulate the same opinions as Stone, the facts are much more interesting than many recognize.
An absolutely essential look at the early part of the Korean War.
I was amazed at the background ... had no clue. I recommend to all skeptics who want more concrete information regarding this period in history.
A very good account of the Korean war by a journalist who broke the mould and dared to be objective. Some cover readers would shout conspiracy theory but I.F Stone sticks to official documents, reports from the ground and confirmation from various sources inside Korea amd Japan. All of which has been confirmed by the big empire. All I can say is thank you to the Russians for introducing the MIG at a time when Jingoism was at its peak.
A history of how soybean futures contributed to the outbreak of war on the Korean Peninsula.Humorous examples of how US propaganda about the "Chinese hoards" were challenged by the US forces inability to find many of them.
Had to read it for a research paper...
Being Russian I have to be joyous that he wrote all this, but I am not. I love America and I am upset because all this seems me truth.