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Voices from the Korean War: Personal Stories of American, Korean, and Chinese Soldiers.

Voices from the Korean War: Personal Stories of American, Korean, and Chinese Soldiers, by Richard A. Peters and Xiaobing Li, University Press of Kentucky: Lexington, November 2004,288 pages, ISBN: 0813122937, $35 (hardcover).

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Most books we Americans read on the "Forgotten War" are written from the American perspective. There are a couple from South Korean authors, such as From Pusan to Panmunjom by General Paik Sun Yup, but Peters and Li provide an opportunity to see the Korean War from the North Korean and Chinese perspectives.

This book offers firsthand accounts of the suffering of the Chinese forces during their engagements with United States Marines from the "Frozen Chosin" to the harbor city of Hungnam. Voices covers the suffering of the civilians and the Soldiers' families, as well as the Soldiers. The book provides insights on the Koje-Do prison riots, reported by both a guard and an organizer within the camps. They believed that the Americans were naive, which made it easy for the North Korean and Chinese to run the camps, and that many lives on both sides were lost inside the camps due to that naivete.

Voices from the Korean War also covers a number of campaigns. At times, the stories you are hearing could just as well be from an American, a South Korean, or any of the United Nations service members. This book creates a vivid and multidimensional portrait of the three-year-long conflict told by those who experienced the ground war firsthand.

As Paul Harvey would say, Voices from the Korean War tells you "the rest of the story," a story few Americans have heard.
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Publication:Engineer: The Professional Bulletin for Army Engineers
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Date:Apr 1, 2006
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