Korea Where the American Century Began


This lucid book should be compulsory reading for anyone who wonders how the situation on the Korean peninsula has deteriorated to the point it is today. It demonstrates the truth of the axiom that unless you know the history, you cannot see the future. The failed invasion of North Korea by US-led forces in late 1950 and the unrelenting three-year long bombing campaign of North Korean cities, towns and villages – ‘every thing that moved [and] every brick standing on top of another’ – help explain why the Pyongyang regime is, and always has been, determined to develop a credible nuclear deterrent. As Alistair Horne once said so wisely ‘How different world history would have been if MacArthur had had the good sense to stop on the 38th parallel.
 
The first Korean War became the first of America’s failed modern wars; and its first modern war with China. It established the pattern for the next sixty years and marked the true beginning of the American century – opening the door to ever-increasing military expenditure; launching the long era of expanding American global force projection; and creating the dangerous and festering geopolitical sore that exists in Northeast Asia today. Washington has not learned the lessons of history and we are reaping the consequences.
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ISBN:

9781743793930

Format:

Paperback

Pages:

368

Dimensions:

23cm x 15cm

RRP:

$32.99

Category:

Fiction , Non-Fiction

Publisher:

Hardie Grant Books

Published:

01 February 2018

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Pembroke

Michael Pembroke is a writer, historian, naturalist and the author of the acclaimed historical biography Arthur Phillip – Sailor, Mercenary, Governor, Spy (2013), which was short-listed for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards and runner-up in the National Maritime Museum history award. He was educated at the Universities of Sydney and Cambridge, is the son and the father of army officers, and has lived and travelled