THIS KIND OF WAR (A Bantam War Book Giant)

THIS KIND OF WAR (A Bantam War Book Giant)

T.R. Fehrenbach / Feb 20, 2020

THIS KIND OF WAR A Bantam War Book Giant This Kind of War is the most comprehensive single volume history of the Korean American conflict that began in and is still affecting United States foreign policy Fifty years later not only does

  • Title: THIS KIND OF WAR (A Bantam War Book Giant)
  • Author: T.R. Fehrenbach
  • ISBN: 9780553288711
  • Page: 206
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • 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 equipment used, but also chronicles the story of military and political unpreparedness that led to aThis 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 equipment used, but also chronicles the story of military and political unpreparedness that led to a profligate loss of American lives in Korea The author T.R Fehrenbach, an officer during 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 However, what truly sets this book apart from other military memoirs, is the piercing analysis of the global political maneuverings behind the brutal ground warfare that marked this bloody period of history, which has been all but forgotten Hailed as a must for all soldiers and former soldiers by an 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.

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      • T.R. Fehrenbach

        Theodore Reed Fehrenbach, Jr was an American historian, columnist, and the former head of the Texas Historical Commission 1987 1991 He graduated from Princeton University in 1947, and had published than twenty books, including the best seller Lone Star A History of Texas and Texans and This Kind of War, about the Korean War.Although he served as a U.S Army officer during the Korean War, his own service is not mentioned in the book Fehrenbach also wrote for Esquire, The Atlantic, The Saturday Evening Post, and The New Republic He was known as an authority on Texas, Mexico, and the Comanche people For almost 30 years, he wrote a weekly column on Sundays for the San Antonio Express News T.R Fehrenbach was 88 years old at the time of his death.


    1. T.R. Fehrenbach served in the Korean War as an officer in the U.S. 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 more Spartan, totalitarian world that the military prefers. Fehrenbach comes down on the side of the military, but he makes [...]

    2. As a former Army officer, I have read many military history books; and I assert that "This Kind of War" is the best military history book I have ever read. As a retired Army officer and Korean War veteran writing approximately 10 - 15 years after the conflict, Fehrenbach does a masterful job in his account. He seamlessly is able to provide an comprehensive account of the conflict across the tactical, operational, and strategic spheres. He recounts the plight of the frozen foot soldier and marine [...]

    3. T.R. Fehrenbach's "This Kind of War" is more of a "U.S. Army" history of the Korean War. It is long on tactical/operational detail, placing less stress on politics, diplomacy and grand strategy surrounding the war. Ferhenbach has an ax to grind, but it is strictly professional. He despairs over the state of the army at the start of the war, unprepared, under-equipped and under-trained, then analyzes and chronicles how the force hardened after being bloodied. The author accepts reality, albeit wi [...]

    4. T.R. 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 into the south until the ceasefire and armistice. [...]

    5. 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 first if, of course, Africans or African-Americans are one person, 'the Negro'T.R. Fehrenbach wrote his classic 1961 Korean War history just before the 60s sexual and socia [...]

    6. Wish I knew all this sooner.I knew very little about the Korean War. I've studied both World Wars, Vietnam, and the Cold War in general, but Korea hardly ever comes up. I never realized how strong an effect Korea had on American policy until now. If you are interested in Foreign policy and the Cold War, I highly recommend learning about this chapter in history (if not from Fehrenbach, then from somewhere).The writing itself is somewhat heavy on military details and will likely be difficult for s [...]

    7. 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 [...]

    8. 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 war effort and a ground-level perspective. Fehrenbach frequently summarizes entire operations not by a bloodless, detached narration of bold arrows moving over topo [...]

    9. 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 chapter 25, entitled, Proud Legions. That chapter is still my favorite in the book because it talks about the valor and fighting ability of the Marine Corps compared to other fighting units. The thing that I enjoyed the most about the book is that it taught me a lot about the Korean war. I drew a lot of parallels between the war in Iraq and the Korean war. If you read t [...]

    10. Appears daunting when first picked up off the shelf, but the author does a good job of keeping the historical narrative flowing. My primary criticism of the book is that it does not include helpful visual aids like battle maps, etc. While there is a source packet at the beginning of the book containing various maps as referenced throughout the writing, I did not find them very helpful or detailed. However, the amount of content covered in this book (Korean war, start to finish) certainly require [...]

    11. Mad Dog Mattis recommended this in light of the Korean missile testing. Fehrenbach takes an objective look at the Korean War identifying helpful lessons learned to improve readiness of the American forces in future conflicts.

    12. I didn't know much about the Korean War before reading this book. Written a decade after the armistice, it offered not only details of the battles, but also the effect the end of WWII had on American public opinion toward war (particularly limited action) and the size and training of the standing military, as well as the politics of containment that directed decisions affecting action in the field. The book, written in 1963, has a definite point of view that "soft, liberal" American society got [...]

    13. Fehrenbach does not technically write a history of the Korean war, although his book is historically accurate. Rather, through following the actions of numerous small units, he creates a gripping story of the war as seen by the man on the ground and uses those snapshots to lead the reader from the initial invasion to Busan, to Panmunjom, and on through the peace talks. What sets This Kind of War apart is the social and political commentary that Fehrenbach regularly engages in. By keeping the rea [...]

    14. It's what they didn't teach usAs a child of the 60s, you would think that I would have learned about the Korean War in school. It wasn't that long ago and the lessons would have been very useful, especially in light of the wars to come afterwards. Sadly, it wasn't. I really liked this book. It seemed to present a balanced view of the events. It also didn't hold back when talking about the dying and maiming that took place. I could go on about the waste of lives that comes from war, but this is a [...]

    15. Subtitled ‘A Study in Unpreparedness’. Fehrenbach has a point to make about how the once most powerful Army in the world was brought literally to its knees by first the North Koreans and then the Chinese Communists and how it rose to the occasion each time. It is, deservedly, the classic book of the Korean War and widely read for good reasons. Fehrenbach combines an easy writing style, almost Cornelius Ryan-like and focused analysis on the war at its lowest level. Almost every officer who go [...]

    16. This Kind of War is powerful, insightful, and all too prophetic in its account of Western idealism. Very few books have moved me, challenged my political beliefs, and shaken my foundations in the way that this one has. Not for everyone, I would recommend this book to those who question the role of the military in modern society, and those who believe that wars should be fought to win. This Kind of War challenges the lay person's perspective upon armed conflict, as well as those espoused by liber [...]

    17. Now I think I know why they call Korea the forgotten war. This Kind of War showed flashes of brilliance in its insightful commentary and and uncannily accurate predictions. Unfortunately much of Fehrenbach's conclusions were redundant and his accounts of events of the war itself often lacked the detail that makes military history so fascinating.

    18. The first US "police action" war where we made the error of mistaking a regional conflict for the grand struggle with world communism. Supported a corrupt regime, thought air power and technological superiority would win it, and underestimated our enemy. Sound like Vietnam?

    19. I was enticed by Collin Powell's words. Unfortunately, the book was written in 1962. There wasn't anything really new here, for me. The BIGGEST problem was the poor editing. Grammer/spelling issues at a rate of 3 to 4 per paragraph made understanding very difficult.

    20. I have many thoughts about this book but as always, here's the situation that led to me reading it.  This Kind of War is another book from the Army Chief of Staff's reading list.  It has also been recommended by Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis as a must-read.Secretary Mattis is known, colloquially, as the Warrior Monk due to his dedication to his craft and his knowledge and understanding of making war.  He is known to be a voracious reader and believes that all leaders should be reading.  Fr [...]

    21. A history of the Korean War almost exclusively from a US military perspective, touching on US Government actions only in so far as they affected military operations. Within that limitation, the book is epic in scope and tells its story both from a high level and ground level perspective. I picked this up because I knew practically nothing about the Korean War (or police action, as it was originally classified); having finished it, I now know a great deal about the conflict.The war had four phase [...]

    22. I've read a lot of military history but never anything about the Korean War. I was familiar with the broad stroke events of the war but really it was a blank slate for me.This is somewhat unusual since this was the war my father served in. When I was a boy I always felt a tinge of disappointment that he hadn't seen battle on the Korean peninsula (he was stationed in Japan for the entire time). However, having read the accounts of the battles in this book I am grateful that he didn't set foot the [...]

    23. Fehernbach has written an outstanding history that covers the strategy and tactics of the Korean conflict as well as the politics. He puts equal emphasis on the human side with accounts relating the experiences of the infantry troops. It makes the reader fully aware that an infantry man in the midst of a battle is faced with mud, cold, confusion, pain and the imminent likelihood of painful death. There is no inspiring music and heroic scripted dialogue as we see it on the screen.At the end of WW [...]

    24. This Kind of War: The Classic Military History of the Korean War (Kindle Edition) is a very interesting read. Written just 10 years after the armistice that brought an end to the fighting of the Korean War, it is a look at the war unfiltered through the lens of the remainder of the Cold War. It isn't just a military history of the war either, Fehrenbach also looks at the politics of the Korean War - both US domestic politics and between the US, its allies, and Communist countries. I like how he [...]

    25. "They were learning, in the hardest school there was, that it is a soldier's lot to suffer and that his destiny may be to die. They were learning something they had not been told: that in this world are tigers No American may sneer at them, or at what they did. What happened to them might have happened to any American in the summer of 1950. For they represented exactly the kind of pampered, undisciplined, egalitarian army their society had long desired and had at last achieved. They had been rai [...]

    26. Totally worth reading, tho quite hard to get thru -- it's so, so racist. Not the Dixiecrats talking about blacks racism, the Colonial Brits talking about the Chinese/Indians/whatever kind . mostly. Tho sometimes the word "communist" sure reads like "nigger". But yeah, you want to see a perfect example of what propaganda is, and also understand kinda the source of the cultural memory of the Korean . . .war is actually the wrong word, war was never declared, so, illegal military something-or-othe [...]

    27. seems like a pretty comprehensive telling of the Korean war. One thing though is if anyone writes this war off as American empire building they are either uneducated or morally corrupt. North Korea (communism) straight up invaded south Korea (a republic) and we pushed them back. Then the Chinese got involved using soviet weaponry. It was a push by communism to test the resolve of America and by the extension the free world. It took the UN (us) to build a back bone and push the Chinese back, but [...]

    28. A propaganda piece, not a history book! The worst "history" book Ive ever read. The author bombards the reader every chapter with rain of propaganda slogans how USA was the best, great, on moral high ground, how USA was a crusader against evil etc. bullshit. Also the author is just an idiot who calls Stalin "russian" and all the time calls soviet union Russiaso you know what kind of idiot he is. His all "education" was probably military "school", at least it looks like that from the book. Also t [...]

    29. If you want to understand the perspective of the junior leaders that fought and died for every hill on the Korean Peninsula, there is no better story. The tactical fight, masterfully written from a true story-teller is only sullied by the verbose social commentary that. Fehrenbach writes the story that tactical leaders want to hear and presents them with both the inspiration and excuses they desire. His defense of Ned Almond and MacArthur undermine some of the more important lessons that should [...]

    30. Good Read. Well worth the time. Read my review below.Good fast read. Excellent book on the history of N Korean military conflicts. Leads me to believe our past political and general population beliefs regarding overseas military actions and failures of same can be easily repeated especially by people in power without the proper education and understanding, including the impact on our young soldiers, of overseas military actions. Gen Mathis just recently recommended this book be read by every Ame [...]

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