The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War

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Publisher Description

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.

GENRE
History
NARRATOR
EH
Edward Herrmann
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
13:54
hr min
RELEASED
2007
September 25
PUBLISHER
Hyperion AudioBooks
PRESENTED BY
Audible.com
SIZE
628.3
MB

Customer Reviews

Shawn E. Bergstrom ,

High Perspective of The Korean War

A very good book in that of the overview of the war with some details. Good flow and keeps interest from the 50000 foot level of the war, would have liked a little more detail especially with the Army/Division movements and with the end of the war.

BIG WRIG ,

Fantastic!

All I knew about the Korea War was what I learned from watching MASH as a kid. The author paints a masterful picture for the reader by providing context of the complicated events that led to the conflict, and tales of American heroism as well as the systematic hierarchal arrogance that cost so many lives. I couldn't put this book down!

EdgeofAbyss ,

Exceptional Story

This is an exceptionally well told story of the Korean War with an unvarnished take that at some level will make you reassess if not outright change your views of some of our nation’s top military leaders.

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