Recommended Books on the History of South Korea, North Korea, Korean War. Free online Korean history books.
Hint: When a book you want to borrow at Internet Archive is already checked out, go to the Internet Archive’s ‘Search’ box, check “Search Metadata”, and search for the book’s title. Sometimes they have two or more copies.
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About 320 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “History of Korea”. Be patient as the page loads.
About 220 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Korean War”. Be patient as the page loads.
Dunne 2004 Dewey Dec. 951.9
In this survey of Korea’s culture, the author “probes such diverse topics as the status of civil liberties, generational social strains within families, and the massive corruption that permeates Korean society. He writes with a snappy, readable style.” -Booklist
Spiegel & Grau Dewey Dec. 951.9
“A fascinating and deeply personal look at the lives of six defectors from the repressive regime of the Republic of North Korea, in which Demick … draws out details of daily life that would not otherwise be known to Western eyes because of the near complete media censorship north of the arbitrary border drawn after Japan’s surrender ending WW2.” -Pub Wkly
Edwards, Paul M.
Facts on File 2006 Dewey Dec. 951.9
“Offering a wealth of information, Korean War Almanac contains a day-by-day chronology of the events and the people involved in this important war. Alphabetically arranged entries bring the period to life by vividly describing the people, types of weaponry employed, and many other interesting details relevant to this study. Nearly 70 photographs and maps illustrate the engaging text, and an extensive bibliography aids further research.” – Publisher
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Hyperion 2007 Dewey Dec. 951.9
“Halberstam considered The Coldest Winter his most accomplished work, the culmination of forty-five years of writing about America’s postwar foreign policy… He charts the disastrous path that led to the massive entry of Chinese forces near the Yalu River and that caught Douglas MacArthur and his soldiers by surprise. He provides astonishingly vivid and nuanced portraits of all the major figures–Eisenhower, Truman, Acheson, Kim, and Mao, and Generals MacArthur, Almond, and Ridgway. At the same time, Halberstam provides us with his trademark highly evocative narrative journalism, chronicling the crucial battles with reportage of the highest order.” – Publisher
1988 Dewey Dec. 951.9
“Max Hastings, preeminent military historian, takes us back to the bloody, bitter struggle to restore South Korean independence after the Communist invasion of June 1950. Using personal accounts from interviews with more than 200 vets – including the Chinese – Hastings follows real officers and soldiers through the battles. He brilliantly captures the Cold War crisis at home – the strategies and politics of Truman, Acheson, Marshall, MacArthur, Ridgway, and Bradley – and shows what we should have learned in the war that was the prelude to Vietnam.” – Publisher
Overlook 1999 Dewey Dec. 951.9
An “analysis of both the military and political factors that caused the war and the conduct on all sides… Using declassified documents as well as regimental and personal diaries, he wades through political intrigue and military disasters and triumphs to give us a memorable account.” -Libr J
Harcourt 2003 Dewey Dec. 951.9
“The Korean War, one of the most bitter and inglorious- and yet least-known – conflicts in history, is now brought powerfully to life in the words of the men who fought it. For this book, author Donald Knox interviewed hundreds of veterans of Korea, from riflemen to commanding officers. By skillfully interweaving their personal stories with battalion and regimental records, he has created a day-by-day chronicle of the first seven months of the war.” – Book jacket
Millett, Allan R.
Brassey’s 2002 Dewey Dec. 951.9
“More than 36,000 American servicemen died in combat or by other causes during the Korean War. As terrible as this figure is, it pales in comparison to the war’s nearly two million civilian deaths. .. the Korean War, like all others, is about the lives and deaths of individual human beings. ‘Their War for Korea’ tells the individual’s story. .. The forty-six vignettes … catch the uniquely Korean and international flavor of this terrible war, while telling its essentially human story.” – Book jacket
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Addison-Wesley 1997 Dewey Dec. 951.9
A study of North and South Korean politics and an analysis of U.S. policy from the 1970s to the present.
Peters, Richard and Xiaobing Li
University Press of Kentucky 2004 Dewey Dec. 951.9
“Gripping, informative, hard-hitting. Provides a tight and comprehensive look at three years of the bloody Korean War. The incredible voices of American, North and South Korean, and Communist Chinese soldiers give the book a richness seldom found in war books. Lets the reader be there at the front and in the prison camps.” – Col. David H. Hackworth
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