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This Kind of War/ Fehrenbach Reissue

From: Brassey's Inc.
Category: General Topics
Date: 05 Apr 2000
Time: 09:09:51


For immediate release: April 15, 2000

Brassey’s to Reissue Classic Korean War History THIS KIND OF WAR published in time for 50th anniversary of Korean War “A timely reissue of a military classic,” says General Colin Powell

Dulles, VA—Brassey’s, Inc. is issuing a special 50th anniversary hardcover edition of T.R. Fehrenbach’s classic Korean War study, THIS KIND OF WAR. Originally published to great acclaim in 1963, it was released in paperback in 1998. The new special edition, which includes a brand new foreword and stunning new photographs, will be released for the 50th anniversary of the start of the Korean War this June. The authoritative, highly acclaimed classic history of the Korean War, THIS KIND OF WAR is a dramatic and hard-hitting account of the conflict written from the perspective of those who fought it. Partly drawn from official records, operations journals, and histories, it is based largely on the compelling personal narratives of the small-unit commanders and their troops. Unlike any other work on the Korean War, it provides both a clear panoramic overview and a sharply drawn “you were there” account of American troops in fierce combat against the North Korean and Chinese communist invaders. As Americans and North Koreans continue to face each other across the 38th parallel, it offers vital lessons for the future. “The Korean War is the most forgotten war in US history,” says Fehrenbach, “But there were more than 2 million lives lost. It is vitally important to remember the reasons for this skirmish and the sacrifices made by those who fought.” (more)

THIS KIND OF WAR has been considered the definitive study of the Korean War for nearly thirty years. “THIS KIND OF WAR has been studied by two generations of soldiers,” says General Colin Powell. “ Fehrenbach describes good decisions and bad ones with insight and expertise. But what he does best of all, and what is so memorable, is his eloquent, sometimes painful description of the GIs who must bear the burden of those decisions. That us the awful beauty of this book—it cuts straight to the heart of all the political and military errors, and reveals the brave souls who have to bleed and die for the mistakes made.” THIS KIND OF WAR has sold over 50,000 copies in its various editions. It was originally published by Macmillan under the title: This Kind of War: A Study in Unpreparedness. The special anniversary edition will be available in stores May 1, 2000.

Praise for the previous editions of THIS KIND OF WAR:

“Immensely readable.”—The New York Times “A comprehensive and impressively written history of the Korean War.” The Washington Post “The lesson of the Korean War as it has not yet been told by anyone . . .terse, machine-gun bursts of common sense.”—Life

THIS KIND OF WAR will be available at all bookstores and online in mid-May.

Last changed: June 19, 2000