• Korean War

  • A Captivating Guide to Korean War History
  • By: Captivating History
  • Narrated by: Duke Holm
  • Length: 2 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (46 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Explore how the Korean War started, the aftermath, and the events in between!

The narrative of the Korean War in the West, and particularly in the United States, tells the tale of a conflict between two global superpowers and competing ideologies in a far-flung corner of the globe.

The reality is that the wheels of motion that drove the country to war in 1950 began turning long before American boots set foot on Korean soil. The heart of the conflict was a civil war between a population arbitrarily divided by colonization and the global geopolitics at the end of the Second World War.

Challenging the widely perpetuated Western narrative and getting to the core of the Korean conflict is no easy feat. From assumptions that the outbreak of war was a deliberate act of communist aggression, to the notion that Eisenhower and Truman's constant threats of atomic annihilation broke the Chinese and North Korean spirit and led to the signing of the armistice, everything needs to be dissected and reviewed on its own factual merit to fully understand the nature of the war.

This guide seeks to pull this narrative curtain and peek behind at the truth of the matter, tracing the history of the war back to the Japanese occupation and uncovering the root of Korean nationalism that stirred the nation into the frenzy of civil war in 1950.

Some of the topics covered in this audiobook include:

  • The Japanese Ascendency: 1910-1945
  • A Korea Divided: The US Occupation of the South
  • The Forging of the North Korean State
  • First Blood: The Outbreak of War
  • Strike Hard and Strike Fast: The US Retreat
  • Bittersweet Victories: American Revival and China's Decision to Cross the Yalu
  • How Do You Solve a Problem Like China?
  • The Bloody Ceasefire and Looming Bomb
  • The Legacy of the Korean War
  • And more

Listen now to learn more about the Korean War.

©2017 Captivating History (P)2017 Captivating History
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History

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Awful

If you want to learn about everything other than the korean war this is it. If you want to learn about the korean war get something else. Never been more disappointed. Book is just a general overview lacking detail on major events. Looking to return asap and forget i ever wasted my time on this book.

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Reads like a North Korean propaganda piece.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

An accurate history.

Has Korean War turned you off from other books in this genre?

I won't get any other books from the folks that produced this one.

What didn’t you like about Duke Holm’s performance?

The reader couldn't pronounce the word Seoul.

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Objectively written

Excellent book and not too long for a change,,,so few books are written about the Korean War and I was happy to find this, & now have a better understanding of the conflict. The narrator was excellent but really needs to learn the pronunciation of Seoul, Dulles, and subsequently.

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Pronunciation of important names & cities awful

What a poor job of screening that the narrator was aware of correct pronouncement of important names of cities and names of government officials. Otherwise, the construction of the timeline and influence of foreign leaders is very informative.

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not the most entertaining or in depth but approachable. quick and easy listen. good narrative

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nice

a bit shallow and short. but still nice introduction to the subject. leaking in history content .

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Timely and Shocking

Korea is now a timely topic and, hopefully, some fair minded history readers will absorb some of the lessons of this provocative book. This is not a good guy, bad guys history, but an in your face account of the causes and effects of a war that really started long before the summer of 1950 and never ended. At times shocking in its details, it leads me to believe I actually knew nothing of this 'forgotten' war.

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Good Korean War History

Was doing research on the Korean War. Not many books out there on the subject. Was truly a forgotten war. Was good and informative. I believe it needs to read with other available books on the War to get a better picture of the overall situation.

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Korean War

Very depressing but enlightening discussion concerning the origins of the Korean war and global politics which led the US/UN into the war and also the flawed political ignorance and logic which led to the Indo/China/Viet Nam conflict.

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New For Me

This book is really interesting and mew for me. Listening to about the Korean war was a great experience and I recommend people of our age must read the books like it.

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very educational but not boring.

very educational but not boring. easy to listen to. would recommend to friends and family

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  • Felicity
  • 12-01-17

Well-Worth

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This book was purchased for a Korean war veteran who is interested in researching his participation in this war. The book was in great condition and delivered in great time. Thanks!

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  • Giles
  • 12-01-17

I Enjoyed It

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The author does an excellent job presenting the story of the Korean War in a readable manner. He tells many of the personal stories while keeping a big picture view. He also briefly describes Korea's place in the Cold War. Overall it was an interesting and entertaining historical work.

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  • Finlay
  • 12-01-17

War History

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The first war America did not win or lose. The author goes into depth on how this war started, how it was fought and the men that served in this EPIC war that is overlooked by most historians. Hats off to all the men that served in the Korean War.

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  • Fergus
  • 12-01-17

Eye-Opener

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This book taught me everything I didn't know about the Korean War, and I didn't know anything. what a shame that the Generals did not care about the troops. this is a must for any person who likes to read war stories. just an unbelievable book.

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  • Arbella
  • 12-01-17

Forgotton War

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This book is highly recommended for anyone trying to understand this "Forgotten War."

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  • Felix
  • 12-01-17

Job Well Done

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Author does an excellent job of providing an overall military and political history of the Korean War. His writing is clear and informative and the reader comes away with a strong understanding of the events that shaped this conflict. Hastings is more objective than many historians and presents an unbiased account of the decisions and mistakes that shaped the conflict.

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  • Euan
  • 12-01-17

Different But Very Informative

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This book gave me an entirely different perspective on the Korean War. It is nuanced, well-researched, and disturbing. Honestly, it never occurred to me to see the war from "the other side." This book gives you an understanding of the Japanese and their mostly southern Korean collaborators that I had no clue about. Highly recommended. One could wish for greater clarity and a more organized structure, but those can be overlooked.

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  • Martha
  • 12-01-17

One Volume Treat

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An excellent one-volume treatment of the 'forgotten war'.

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  • 12-01-17

Perfect

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As always, the author delivers the perfect balance between academic-grade history and readability.

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