Friday, June 25, 2010

Don't Know Much About the Korean War

Kenneth C. Davis, author of A Nation Rising and Don't Know Much About History, just reminded me that the Koren War began 60 years ago today. He's written an enlightening article about it that's a good introduction to the subject for students whose exposure to the Korean War might be limited to reruns of M*A*S*H.

For an in-depth but not overwhelming look at the conflict, students can turn to Professor James L. Stokesbury's A Short History of the Korean War. Library Journal said, "Reducing an entire war to manageable length is a high literary art form, and Professor Stokesbury has mastered it...short does not mean banal condensation or a dismal list of statistics and facts."
And, for a more literary view, give MASH by Richard Hooker a try. This is the novel that gave life to Hawkeye Pierce, Trapper John, Hot Lips Houlihan, Frank Burns, Radar O'Reilly, and the rest of the gang that made the 4077th MASH like no other place in Korea or on earth.

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