(Ebook) This Kind of War A Study in Unpreparedness AUTHOR T.R. Fehrenbach

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THIS KIND OF WAR is the most comprehensive single volume history of the Korean American conflict that began in 1950 and is still affecting United States' foreign policy Fifty years later not only does this enlightening account give details of the tactics infantrymen and euipment but also chronicles the story of military and political unpreparedness that led to a profl. TR Fehrenbach served in the Korean War as an officer in the US Army His experiences shaped this book This Kind Of War is an account of the military aspects of the Korean War 1950 1953 with a fair amount of social commentary to go along with it Fehrenbach addresses the conflict in American society between the social liberalism that the civilian world values and the Spartan totalitarian world that the military prefers Fehrenbach comes down on the side of the military but he makes a good case as to why armies can t engage in the easy going existence of the civilian world War isn t a game and it sure isn t easy going The book was first published in 1963 It s about a war that had ended well at least the shooting stopped ten years earlier It s still relevant in 2012 I first read it in 1991 when I was going through the Armor Officer Basic Course at Fort Knox Kentucky At that time we were focused on Ira Though the Communist threat had faded by then Fehrenbach is concerned about how the Communists are serious than the West I still felt like it had many lessons to teach I would argue it still does For while one s enemies might change war doesn t However the tone of the book isn t militaristic or warlike The book takes a professional military viewpoint and that s significant Those who are unfamiliar with how the US military works might not understand how important that difference is but it matters The book itself very readable Dramatic and suspenseful it moves along at a brisk pace While long with over six hundred pages it never drags If I can find any fault it would be the lack of a bibliography footnotes andor end notes There is an acknowledgement at the beginning of the book in which Fehrenbach states that the book was compiled from many sources That s all well and good but it would have been better to have listed those various sources Nevertheless it s a well written book I ve held onto my copy for the past twenty one years and while I long ago stopped serving in the US Army I have no intention of getting rid of it A Tangled Affair (The Pearl House years later not only does this enlightening account give details of the tactics infantrymen and euipment but also chronicles the story of military and political unpreparedness that led to a profl. TR Fehrenbach served in the Korean War as an officer in the US Army His experiences shaped this book This Kind Of War is an account of the military aspects of the Korean War 1950 1953 with a fair amount of social commentary to go along with it Fehrenbach addresses the conflict in American society between the social liberalism that the civilian world values and the Spartan totalitarian world that the military prefers Fehrenbach comes down on the side of the military but he makes a good case as to why armies can t engage in the easy going existence of the civilian world War isn t a game and it sure isn t easy going The book was first published in 1963 It s about a war that had ended well at least the shooting stopped ten Matthews Choice years earlier It s still relevant in 2012 I first read it in 1991 when I was going through the Armor Officer Basic Course at Fort Knox Kentucky At that time we were focused on Ira Though the Communist threat had faded by then Fehrenbach is concerned about how the Communists are serious than the West I still felt like it had many lessons to teach I would argue it still does For while one s enemies might change war doesn t However the tone of the book isn t militaristic or warlike The book takes a professional military viewpoint and that s significant Those who are unfamiliar with how the US military works might not understand how important that difference is but it matters The book itself very readable Dramatic and suspenseful it moves along at a brisk pace While long with over six hundred pages it never drags If I can find any fault it would be the lack of a bibliography footnotes andor end notes There is an acknowledgement at the beginning of the book in which Fehrenbach states that the book was compiled from many sources That s all well and good but it would have been better to have listed those various sources Nevertheless it s a well written book I ve held onto my copy for the past twenty one The Prince of Pleasure (The Wilde Brothers, years and while I long ago stopped serving in the US Army I have no intention of getting rid of it

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This Kind of War A Study in Unpreparedness

Arfare that marked this bloody period of history one which has been all but forgotten Hailed as a must for all soldiers and former soldiers by an com reviewer THIS KIND OF WAR restores the Korean War to its rightful place in American history as a touchstone for United States foreign engagement and a lesson for politicians ready to shed American blood on far away soil?. Soap box Fehrenbach is a huge fan of General McArthur and is cutting him all kinds of slack for his decisions which cost UN soldiers lives and suffering and prolonged the war He s even made statements about how it s Truman s fault for not giving McArthur clearer instructions I m all but pulling my hair out I m so frustrated with this one sided history Do I finish the book It s hard for me to deliberately not finish a book and this is almost like a train wreck where you close your eyes to not see but peek just because you want to know just how bad it can getI would recommend anyone interested in reading about the Korean War to pick up The Coldest Winter America and the Korean War which is balanced and less pro McArthurLater I m glad that I finished this book Written in 1963 Fehrenbach pointed out that Americans like big wars wars where we can go all in He called them jihads or wars with righteous causes Not a term with the same connotation today in 2012 He argued that the rest of the century needed to be fought by legions which he defined as professional well trained soldiers who understood that they are called to spend their blood for political reasons and for strategic battles Still not my favorite Korean War book but an interesting interpretation of the conflict and the lessons that we should have learned from it

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Igate loss of American lives in Korea The author TR Fehrenbach an officer in the conflict provides us with accounts of the combat situation that could only have been written by an eyewitness in the thick of the action But what truly sets this book apart from other military memoirs is the piercing analysis of the global political maneuverings behind the brutal ground w. times change and so do our expectations and language there s some 1920s era world history free ebook floating around and although the work is completely readable the modern reader is somewhat shocked to see written without any sense of ironythe Negro should blame himself for his plight for nations must organize themselves firstas if of course Africans or African Americans are one person the Negro TR Fehrenbach wrote his classic 1961 Korean War history just before the 60s sexual and social revolution so in two or three places Fehrenbach writes things likethe North Korean soldier could survive on three rice balls a daybut actually aside from this and the de rigeur criticism of the ROK army Fehrenbach s work is still surprisingly readable accessible and valuable today he isn t uite as military focused as the paratrooper officer Max Hastings nor does he include 7 out of 10 chapters of modern left criticism of the US Army in 1950 as does the currently very popular Bruce Cumings unlike Halberstam he doesn t drown the book half in criticism of Douglas MacArthur but he does provide some coverage of Chipyongni and the North Korean prison revolt on their POW island in the south overall the work is professional and proficient


10 thoughts on “This Kind of War A Study in Unpreparedness

  1. says:

    TR Fehrenbach served in the Korean War as an officer in the US Army His experiences shaped this book This Kind Of War is an account of the military aspects of the Korean War 1950 1953 with a fair amount of social c

  2. says:

    As a former Army officer I have read many military history books; and I assert that This Kind of War is the bes

  3. says:

    TR Fehrenbach's This Kind of War is of a US Army history of the Korean War It is long on tacticaloperational detail placing less stress on politics diplomacy and grand strategy surrounding the war Ferhenbach has an ax to grind but

  4. says:

    TR Fehrenbach who died just two years ago was an American historian and journalist who served in the Korean War and published this history of that war in 1963 It is an interesting work that provides an historical overview of the conflict The 50th anniversary edition includes very helpful maps without which a reader unfamiliar with events might easily be lost The period covered is from 1950 1953 from the initial attacks from northern Korea

  5. says:

    times change and so do our expectations and language there's some 1920s era world history free ebook floating around and although the work is completely readable the modern reader is somewhat shocked to see written without any sense of ironythe Negro should blame himself for his plight for nations must organize

  6. says:

    Great book about the Korean War I read this book because while in the Marines one of my commanding officers gave me an copy of chapt

  7. says:

    Wish I knew all this soonerI knew very little about the Korean War I've studied both World Wars Vietnam and the Cold War

  8. says:

    Soap box Fehrenbach is a huge fan of General McArthur and is cutting him all kinds of slack for his decisions which cost UN soldiers lives and suffering and prolonged the war He's even made statements about how it's Truman's fault for not giving McArthur clearer instructions I'm all but pulling my hair out I'm so frustrated with this one sid

  9. says:

    There's lots of sentimental bullshit about lions and legions and stoic defense of the frontiers and the necessity of harsh just professional men to do unspeakable things in the service of polite gentle folk which is unfortunate because on balance it's a good book This stuff is partially redeemed by truly incisive analysis of the

  10. says:

    I have machinated for a feed days on how I can write any review that does this book justice Written in 1963 this work is much than a discussion of the Korean War on a tactical or operational level On the eve of large scale US intervention in Vietnam the author delves into the problems faced by liberal societies in engaging in limit

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