The Korean War

The Korean War
Bruce Cumings

Taking as a starting point the Korean War’s reputation as America’s “forgotten war,” this short history casts the conflict largely in terms of memory, pitting the North’s “party of memory” (remembering the war against Japanese imperialism) against the South’s ” party of forgetting” (who soft-pedaled their collaborative history with the same). Also important is the memory of war crimes committed by both sides, kept alive through the South’s ongoing truth and reconciliation movement. A highly original account that provides a larger cultural history of the war, relating it to McCarthyism and the birth of the military-industrial complex in the U.S. and casting a cold eye on American involvement in general.