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Fredrik Borg
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I want to know more about the Korean War but I don't know where to start. If you have any suggestions what to read please tell me.

I have seen one really fantastic movie about it which I can really recommend:

Brotherhood of War
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0386064/

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The Forgotten War by Clay Blair
South to the Naktong, North to the Yalu by Lt. Col. Roy E. Appleman
Disaster in Korea , Appleman
Escaping the Trap , Appleman
Ridgeway Duels for Korea, Appleman
The River and the Gauntlet by S.L.A. Marshall



These are all excellent books.


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Hi Fredrik,

You might also want to try the following books:

General History

The Korean War - Max Hastings
Encyclopedia of the Korean War: A Political, Social, and Military History - Spencer C. Tucker, et al (ed.)

Military Overview

The Korean War 1950-1953 (Osprey Essential Histories) - Carter Malkasian
Fire & Ice, The Korean War 1950-1953 - Michael J. Varhola

Political History

Selling the Korean War, Propaganda, Politics, and Public Opinion 1950-1953 - Steven Casey (I can't recommend this book highly enough if you want to understand the political context of the war.)
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In the US Army many officers recommend:

This Kind of War, by T.R. Fehrenbach.
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I would second the recommendation for The Korean War by Max Hastings.

In addition a concise review of the reasons for the war can be found in Peter Lowe's The Origins of the Korean War one of the series of Origins Of Modern Wars books.

An excellent study of the Chinese intervention China's Road to the Korean War - the making of the Sino-American confrontation by Jian Chen(Colombia University Press 1994).


Another book which looks at the wider international context of the war is The Korean War An International History by William Stueck (Princeton University Press 1995)
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The Lone Gamer wrote:
In the US Army many officers recommend:

This Kind of War, by T.R. Fehrenbach.


I read "This Kind of War" way back when I was about 19 or 20 and I thought it was excellent. It's lengthy, but the writing is very clear and readable, and I would highly recommend it.
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Everybody has their favorite (and not so favorite) book or books on the Korean war. The books for me were by Edwin P. Hoyt.

The Pusan Perimeter
On to the Yalu
The Bloody Road to Panmunjom

My avatar is my father in his Korean War uniform and I dedicated a geeklist to him. http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/2772.
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Another recommendation for Hoyt's PUSAN PERIMETER.
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I really like David Halberstam's The Coldest Winter.

http://www.amazon.com/Coldest-Winter-America-Korean-War/dp/1...
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