Book Reviews of The Coldest War : A Memoir of Korea

The Coldest War : A Memoir of Korea
The Coldest War A Memoir of Korea
Author: James Brady
ISBN-13: 9780312265113
ISBN-10: 0312265115
Publication Date: 6/8/2000
Pages: 256
Rating:
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3.1 stars, based on 5 ratings
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 2
A good read especially for those who are interested and have not read much about this war...Brady shares quite a lot without going into detailed logistics and strategy.
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As a Viet Nam veteran, I could identify with Brady's feelings of anxiety and exhilaration as he experienced the thrill and terror of combat and the sometimes absolute boredom when away from the line. A truly remarkable memoir of his experiences in Korea.
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This is a large print hardcover.
A compelling account of Brady's year as a Marine lieutenant in the Korean War. This fascinating book packs twice the whallop for being both an informative and judicious look at America's "forgotten war" as well as a page-turner. 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.
As a new Marine second lieutenant, Brady, one-time publisher of Women's Wear Daily , joined Dog Company on the front line in Korea on Thanksgiving Day 1951 and departed the following Fourth of July with his hide intact. During that time he learned how to lead an infantry platoon in combat and later served as executive and intelligence officer of the company. The action sequences--patrols, ambushes, prisoner-snatching raids--are vivid and memorable, conveying the unique flavor of the second year of the "peculiar war." Giving the memoir distinction, however, are the author's comments on those he served with, the prickly relations between Marine officers and enlisted men, and the differences between Marine and Army troops. Brady's ingenuous account of how he learned to lead men in combat while he was scared to death is appealing. There are also photos.