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Korea : Where the American Century Began - Michael Pembroke

Korea

Where the American Century Began

Paperback Published: 1st February 2018
ISBN: 9781743793930
Number Of Pages: 368

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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.

Michael Pembroke's timely book tells the story of the Korean peninsula with compassion for the people of the North and South, understanding and insight for the role of China and concern about the past and present role of the United States.

About the Author

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 extensively throughout the world, including in East Asia.

His father, an infantry platoon commander during the Korean War, was awarded the Military Cross for his role in a battle described as 'one of the finest battalion attacks in British history'. The research for this book has taken Pembroke to Moscow, Beijing, Pyongyang, Washington DC, Princeton and Cambridge. In 2016, he travelled through North Korea from the Yalu River to the Demilitarised Zone. He has been a judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales since 2010.

understand ing Korea

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clear account of present situation and how America is responsible for it .

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Compulsory reading

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This book gives essential information as an explanation of the current attitudes of the North Koreans towards the United States. Following the disastrous invasion of the South by the North the Americans as the main antagonists attacked the North. China responded. The US responded again by bombing and laying down napalm on virtually the whole of North Korea. The population survived by retreating to caves and underground bunkers. This US response which destroyed almost every building and cost many thousands of lives, was totally out of proportion to the initial attack by North Korea. Ever since the North Koreans have feared a repeat attack by the US. No wonder they wish to develop nuclear weapons

Sydney, Australia

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Good story ,the story behind rthe story

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good ref. book

australia

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I enjoyed this book and found to be very near the truth

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As already stated this a fairly accurate book,I had family serving in Korea. I am also a history buff.

Willagee WA

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ISBN: 9781743793930
ISBN-10: 1743793936
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 1st February 2018
Publisher: Hardie Grant Books
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3
Weight (kg): 17.64

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