The coldest war: a memoir of Korea
America's "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 didn't 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 Brady's 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.
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|Full title||coldest war a memoir of korea|
|Last Update||2018-03-09 04:48:36AM|
|Last Indexed||2018-06-21 04:51:34AM|
|author||Brady, James, 1928-2009|
|record_details||ils:a21315|Book|Books|1st ed.|English|Orion Books,|c1990.|248 p.,  p. of plates : ill., map ; 24 cm.|
|subject_facet||Brady, James, Brady, James, -- 1928-2009, Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Personal narratives, Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Personal narratives, American, Soldiers -- United States -- Biography, United States. -- Marine Corps -- Biography|
|title_display||The coldest war : a memoir of Korea|
|title_full||The coldest war : a memoir of Korea / James Brady|
|title_short||The coldest war :|
|title_sub||a memoir of Korea|
|topic_facet||Brady, James, Korean War, 1950-1953, Soldiers|