The Resource Refighting the last war : command and crisis in Korea, 1950-1953, D. Clayton James, with Anne Sharp Wells

Refighting the last war : command and crisis in Korea, 1950-1953, D. Clayton James, with Anne Sharp Wells

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Refighting the last war : command and crisis in Korea, 1950-1953
Title
Refighting the last war
Title remainder
command and crisis in Korea, 1950-1953
Statement of responsibility
D. Clayton James, with Anne Sharp Wells
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Now, during the 40th anniversary of the Korean War, distinguished historian D. Clayton James offers a brilliant reinterpretation of that conflict. Focusing on the critical issue of command, he shows how the Korean War is a key to understanding American decision-making in all military encounters since World War II. Korea, the first of America's limited wars to stem the tide of world communism, was fought on unfamiliar terrain and against peasant soldiers and would become
  • A template for subsequent American military engagements, especially Vietnam. And yet, the strategic and tactical doctrines employed in Korea, as well as the weapons and equipment, were largely left over from World War II. Each time a war is fought, D. Clayton James reveals, the lessons of the last war are applied in the new context, whether or not they are appropriate to the changed circumstances. James, the master biographer of MacArthur, uses studies of military crises
  • To examine the American high command in the Korean War. He explores the roles, leadership, personalities, and prejudices of five key commanders - President Harry S. Truman; Generals Douglas MacArthur, Matthew B. Ridgway, and Mark W. Clark; and Admiral C. Turner Joy - and then looks at six crucial issues confronting them in that conflict. From the decision made by Truman, without congsessional approval, to commit United States forces to combat in Korea, to MacArthur's
  • Persistent fight for approval of his dangerous plan to assault Inchon, to the judgment to finally open truce negotiations, these turning points illuminate the American way of command in wartime. James analyzes the ground-level results and long-term implications of each choice, and sensitively explores the course that might had followed if other options had been taken. Probing the nature and consequences of these military resolutions, James shows how the conduct of the
  • Korean War, like every new war, bears the imprint of the preceding one. In Korea, fortunately, the influence of State Department planners on military policy and strategy limited the full effect of World War II's legacy and the total destruction it portended
Cataloging source
DLC
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James, D. Clayton
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
DS918
LC item number
.J36 1993
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Wells, Anne Sharp
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  • MacArthur, Douglas
  • Truman, Harry S
  • Korean War
  • Korean War, 1950-1953
  • Military art and science
  • Korean War, 1950-1953
  • Military art and science
  • Military campaigns
  • Koreakrieg
  • Oberbefehlshaber
  • United States
Label
Refighting the last war : command and crisis in Korea, 1950-1953, D. Clayton James, with Anne Sharp Wells
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 247-263) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: The last war revisited -- pt. 1. The senior commanders: Truman : the right thing to do. MacArthur : the flawed military genius. Ridgway : from wolfhound to Koje-Do. Admiral Joy : commander and negotiator. Clark : the fading of glory -- pt. 2. The key command decisions: Sending Americans to fight in Korea. MacArthurs grand obsession : Inchon. The liberation of North Korea. MacArthur's dare is called. Try for victory or settle for an armistice? From total to limited war
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiii, 282 pages
Isbn
9780029160015
Lccn
92026986
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)26552909
  • (OCoLC)ocm26552909
Label
Refighting the last war : command and crisis in Korea, 1950-1953, D. Clayton James, with Anne Sharp Wells
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 247-263) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: The last war revisited -- pt. 1. The senior commanders: Truman : the right thing to do. MacArthur : the flawed military genius. Ridgway : from wolfhound to Koje-Do. Admiral Joy : commander and negotiator. Clark : the fading of glory -- pt. 2. The key command decisions: Sending Americans to fight in Korea. MacArthurs grand obsession : Inchon. The liberation of North Korea. MacArthur's dare is called. Try for victory or settle for an armistice? From total to limited war
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiii, 282 pages
Isbn
9780029160015
Lccn
92026986
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)26552909
  • (OCoLC)ocm26552909

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