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By Stephen R. Taaffe

Wedged chronologically among global warfare II and Vietnam, the Korean War—which started with North Korea’s invasion of South Korea in June of 1950—possessed neither the virtuous triumphalism of the previous nor the tragic pathos of the latter. so much american citizens supported protecting South Korea, yet there has been huge controversy in the course of the conflict as to the easiest ability to do so—and the query used to be a minimum of as exasperating for American military officials because it used to be for most people. an established historian of yank army management within the crucible of battle, Stephen R. Taaffe takes an in depth serious examine how the top rating box commanders of the 8th military acquitted themselves within the first, decisive yr in Korea. simply because a military is not any larger than its management, his research opens a brand new point of view at the army's functionality in Korea, and at the behavior of the warfare itself.

In that first 12 months, the 8th Army’s management ran the gamut from awesome to lackluster—a astonishing unevenness on the grounds that such a lot of of the high-ranking officials were battle-tested in global struggle II. Taaffe attributes those management problems to the army’s woefully unprepared nation on the war’s begin, military team of workers rules, and normal Douglas MacArthur’s corrosive behavior of manipulating his subordinates and pitting them opposed to one another. He explores the personalities at play, their pre-war stories, the way in their choice, their accomplishments and screw ups, and, in fact, their person relationships with one another and MacArthur. via explaining who those box, corps, and department commanders have been, Taaffe exposes the army’s institutional and organizational difficulties that contributed to its up-and-down fortunes in Korea in 1950–1951. supplying a greater realizing of MacArthur’s arguable generalship, Taaffe’s publication deals new and necessary perception into the army’s life-and-death fight in America’s least understood conflict.

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