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In Mortal Combat

Korea, 1950-1953
Narrated by: Grover Gardner
Length: 27 hrs and 30 mins

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In this brilliant narrative of America's first limited war, John Toland shows yet again why, for over two decades, he has been one of this country's most respected and popular military historians. Toland lets both the events and the participants speak for themselves, employing scrupulous archival research and interviews as the bases for the drama and accuracy of his writing. In Mortal Combat reveals Mao's prediction of the date and place of MacArthur's Inchon landing, Russia's indifference to the war, Mao's secret leadership of the North Korean military, and the true nature of both sides' treatment and repatriation of POWs.

In addition to being the first Westerner to gain access to Chinese records and combatants, Toland interviewed numerous North and South Korean veterans and over two hundred members of the American military, many of whom had never been approached before. The result is a signal work of compelling listenability and lasting importance.

©1991 John Toland (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

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  • Patrick
  • 02-09-2019

Slightly disappointed

I have read books by several authors on the Korean War. This author differs from others (Halberstam, Hastings, Ferenbach), on discussion of several events (McArthur, Almond, US biological warfare, etc.). Does give new perspective on plotting before war started, postwar activities, POW’s, etc. overall I would give a Luke warm recommendation.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-09-2019

well written

book was very researched and well written the Korea war is one that I knew little about. the book was informative.

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  • Susan
  • 12-06-2020

great reader and great information about Korean Wa

loved it and I feel like any history buff will as well. get it. thanks.

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  • Dennis Jameson
  • 17-05-2020

Selectively incomplete.

I like Toland, he can write a great narrative, but he falls short in dwelling on the successes but skimming over the failures. And some incidents he accepts uncritically without even a cursory fact check. On the otherhand he does a good job laying out the political considerations.

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  • Robert H. Mclaughlin
  • 15-09-2019

timeline

this book read like a diary on such and such a date and such and such a Time the Ambassador spoke to the president of South Korea answer to such a Time MacArthur arrived at the police on at such-and-such a time General Walker did this. at the Choson reservoir on such-and-such a date this was done. very boring

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  • Jimmie montgomery
  • 12-09-2019

Relevant today for all interested in North Korea.

The different perspective of combatants should be studied by current policy makers. This historical event is highly relevant in the current standoff.