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 (author) Richard Peters, By (author) Xiaobing Li

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  • Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky
  • Format: Paperback | 310 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 226mm x 20mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 31 August 2005
  • Publication City/Country: Lexington
  • ISBN 10: 0813191203
  • ISBN 13: 9780813191201
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: 1, black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 762,293

Product description

" a selection of The History Book Club and The Military History Book Club Read a chapter from the book "In three days the number of so-called 'volunteers' reached over three hundred men. Very quickly they organized us into military units. Just like that I became a North Korean soldier and was on the way to some unknown place."-from the book South Korean Lee Young Ho was seventeen years old when he was forced to serve in the North Korean People's Army during the first year of the Korean War. After a few months, he deserted the NKPA and returned to Seoul where he joined the South Korean Marine Corps. Ho's experience is only one of the many compelling accounts found in Voices from the Korean War. Unique in gathering war stories from veterans from all sides of the Korean War-American, South Korean, North Korean, and Chinese-this volume creates a vivid and multidimensional portrait of the three-year-long conflict told by those who experienced the ground war firsthand. Richard Peters and Xiaobing Li include a significant introduction that provides a concise history of the Korean conflict, as well as a geographical and a political backdrop for the soldiers' personal stories.

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Author information

Richard Peters, emeritus professor of history at the University of Central Oklahoma, served in the Fifth Regimental Combat Team, U.S. Army, during the Korean War. Xiaobing Li, professor of history and associate director of the Western Pacific Institute at the University of Central Oklahoma, served in China's People's Liberation Army.

Review quote

"Gripping, informative, hard-hitting. The incredible voices of American, North and South Korean, and Communist Chinese soldiers give the book a richness seldom found in war books." - Col. David H. Hackworth, author of Steel My Soldiers' Hearts and The Price of Honor "The personal accounts offer a keen insight into the camaraderie, suffering, hardship, and even humor from both sides of the war. They hit as hard as a massed infantry attack and vividly portray the brutality of war." - On Point "Renders a balanced snapshot of the Korean War and its associated horrors.... Highly recommended." - Choice"