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The Coldest War: A Memoir of Korea

The Coldest War: A Memoir of Korea by James Brady 0312265115 9780312265113
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Americas forgotten war lasted just thirty-seven months, yet 54,246 Americans died in that time -- nearly as many as died in ten years in Vietnam.On the fiftieth anniversary of this devastating conflict, James Brady tells the story of his life as a young marine lieutenant in Korea.In 1947, seeking to avoid the draft, nineteen-year-old Jim Brady volunteered for a Marine Corps program that made him a lieutenant in the reserves on the day he graduated college.He didnt plan to find himself in command of a rifle platoon three years later facing a real enemy, but that is exactly what happened after the Chinese turned a so-called police action into a war.The Coldest War vividly describes Bradys rapid education in the realities of war and the pressures of command.Opportunities for bold offensives sink in the miasma of trench warfare; death comes in fits and starts as too-accurate artillery on both sides seeks out men in their bunkers; constant alertness is crucial for survival, while brutal cold and a seductive silence conspire to lull soldiers into an often fatal stupor.The Korean War affected the lives of all Americans, yet is little known beyond the antics of M*A*S*H.Here is the inside story that deserves to be told, and James Brady is a powerful witness to a vital chapter of our history.

Author: James Brady

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 256

Publisher: St. Martins Griffin

Publication Date: 2000-06-08

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