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The Hidden History of the Korean War

Forbidden Bookshelf - 1950–1951

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“A great journalist” raises troubling questions about the forgotten war in this courageous, controversial book—with a new introduction by Bruce Cumings (The Baltimore Sun).

“Much about the Korean War is still hidden, and much will long remain hidden. I believe I have succeeded in throwing new light on its origins.” —From the author’s preface

In 1945 US troops arrived in Korea for what would become America’s longest-lasting conflict. While history books claim without equivocation that the war lasted from 1950 to 1953, those who have actually served there know better. By closely analyzing US intelligence before June 25, 1950 (the war’s official start), and the actions of key players like John Foster Dulles, General Douglas MacArthur, and Chiang Kai-shek, the great investigative reporter I. F. Stone demolishes the official story of America’s “forgotten war” by shedding new light on the tangled sequence of events that led to it. 

The Hidden History of the Korean War was first published in 1952—during the Korean War—and then republished during the Vietnam War. In the 1990s, documents from the former Soviet archives became available, further illuminating this controversial period in history.

“I. F. Stone is a great journalist, but more importantly he is an honest and courageous man. It took guts to publish this book in the McCarthy era.” —The Baltimore Sun

“When [I. F. Stone] is finished with his indictment—and make no mistake about it, this book is one of the most devastating indictments of United States foreign policy ever made—one is left slightly numb. . . . Building his case like a skilled trial lawyer, and presenting it like the author of a whodunit, Stone drives his point home again and again with sledgehammer blows.” —Saturday Review

“I once had the honor of being the I. F. Stone fellow at Berkeley (where his old typewriter is enclosed in a glass case: probably the most hagiography he could have stood), and I told my students to read him and reread him to get an idea of the relationship between clean and muscular prose and moral and intellectual honesty.” —Christopher Hitchens I. F. Stone (1907–1989) was an American journalist and publisher. After working at the New York Post, the Nation (as editor from 1940–1946), and PM, he started his own journal, I. F. Stone’s Weekly, in 1953. This publication notably covered the New Deal, McCarthyism, the birth of Israel, and the Vietnam War. In 1999, I. F. Stone’s Weekly was voted the second-best print-journalism product of the entire twentieth century in a poll of fellow reporters. Stone also published more than a dozen books and was considered one of the most influential journalists of the post-war period.

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A work of fiction masquerading as History

The Hidden History of the Korean War is a work of fiction masquerading as history. It has a sprinkling of facts twitched to support the authors arguments, which are pro communist. Fortunately, Soviet and SINO document released from this period clearly map a path to War orchestrated by Stalin and reveals his manipulation of both Kim and Mao. Kim could not start the War before Stalin gave his approval, which he did. Further Kim needed logistical and advisor supports from the Soviet Army. Stalin approved a vast infusion of support to include tanks (ROKA had no weapons to defeat tanks until later in the War) and heavy artillery. Stalin also encouraged the release of North Korean forces in the PLA back to North Korea. This combat hardened force, through long years of fighting in the Chinese civil war, greatly improved the capabilities of the NKPA. Soviet officers actually wrote the Operation Plan for the invasion of South Korea and oversaw its execution. Bruce Cummings continues to advocate his position that the ROKA started the War and the North only reacted to a incursion into the DMZ. PURE FOOLERY. Don't waste your money buying this book.

The Hidden History of the Korean War
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  • Category: Military
  • Published: Sep 16, 2014
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • Seller: OpenRoad Integrated Media, LLC
  • Print Length: 384 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Forbidden Bookshelf
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