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The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War by David Halberstam
The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War

eglazier, January 1, 2010

the true story of the korean war and a detailed description of the personalities of the leaders of both sides, personalities that caused the war to be what it was rather than what heretofore it was thought to be.
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The Third Reich at War
The Third Reich at War

eglazier, August 15, 2009

This is one of those works that attempts to answer, and does, how a lawful,civilized society with generally deep religious faith could have been turned into a natioal killing machine. the work also describes in some detail who did the killing, how much they did, and how they did it.

the lessions are to be well taken, for now, during this political fight over healthcare in the u.s., one can easily see how, by the use of the big lie repeated over and over again, a normally civilized and mostly genteel society can be panicked into doing and saying things that are at best outlandish and working against their own interest and at worst the chance for our society to go down a path from which there would be no return.

though the pundits repeat constantly that it could never happen here, one need only listen to the violent hatred spewed by many; plain citizens, radio and tv talking heads, and some of our elected politicians, to understand that it can.

we have seen this happen before in our history, with a close example during the 1930s when we had father coughlin spewing hatred, the famous like charles lindbergh and joe kenedy praising the rise of the nazis in germany because they were doing something to rid their country of 'undesireables'. mussolini was praiseworthy because he made the trains run on time, all the while he was clamping down on freedom in italy. our country in some ways is easily led to disaster. i do not believe it will happen now, but it is easy to see the beginnings of such a pathway.
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The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War by David Halberstam
The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War

eglazier, July 20, 2008

The only other reviewer complained that this book did not detail the whole of the Korean war. There are plenty of those extant, so many that one can almost have a daily log of what transpired in the war itself.

The real value of this book is its detailing of the people involved in the start and conduct of the war; the political scene and that of the high military command.

This was a war dominated by a fool at the military leadership who brought a few other incompetents with him such that they caused the needless deaths of thousands of the UN fighting force. Truly the first rule of war is that young men die, but if we accept that at times there is no choice we at least should be spared those lost because the top commander was an egotisitic fool who , though he thought he did because of his long service in Asia never really understood the Chinese. MacArthur never could imagine that the Chinese and Koreans were like all men, able to fight valiantly and ferociously for something in which they believed, whether it be a man, an idea, or a country. His chief commander in the field, Gen. Almond was an out and out racist and so he could only think of the Chinese as 'laundrymen'. Fortunately we had serving underneath these two fools many fine commanders, as Marine General O.P.Smith whose tactics saved the Marines at the Chosin reservoir and Col. Paul Freeman who followed his instincts and saved his 23rd Infantry regiment from having to run and be slaughtered going through the Gauntlet, the Chinese Army ambush of the 8th Army.

Halberstam also details the political leaders of both sides, Mao, Kim Il Sung, President Truman, terribly underrated in his time, and all the other players in the U.S.; politicians, columnists, publishers, and members of congress both good and bad.

Korea was also my war, though in only a peripheral way. I was a serving USAF officer in a little known army camp , Camp Detrick in Maryland, serving with Army, Navy , Air Force personnel and civilians. My lab contained about 5 civilians, two army enlisted men, an army Lt. and me; all of us doing the same type of work. One of the army enlisted used to complain to me that everyone got paid so much more and we all worked the same type of job. I had to remind him that being here was better than being in Korea.( we met again about 15 years later when we worked together in a company in California)

This book, and many others, tells any reader why Korea was bad; even as wars go it was bad.

For all those for whom history is just 20 or 30 years ago, this book is a look at some of our history that has been forgotten by most. The majority of people in the U.S. know there was WW II, though they may know little about what it was all about, but very few know of Korea and the honor of the UN in actually fighting for its principles. The U.S. was part of that.
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Bloody season by Loren Estleman

eglazier, June 28, 2008

Forget all you knew about the Earps and their status as western heros.
This is the story about the fight at the O.K. Corral and its aftermath, part fiction, part real. There is an afterword of the eventual fate of the people who took part, one of whom, Wyatt's common-law wife Sadie Marcus died in 1944 and Alvira, Virgil Earp's common-law wife, in 1947. Wyatt lived until 1929.

First of course is that the fight did not take place at the O.K. corral, but about 30 yards west at an empty lot next to Fry's boarding house. Though the Earps and Doc Holliday were on one side, they were really not the law nor dogooders, but a rival gang to the Clantons and they went to one skirmish in a gang war.
Far from being the stalwart western heros the Earps were just gamblers, business men who owned saloons and one of whom, James the oldest brother, ran whorehouses. They were investors in mines and other income producing properties, all of which they wanted to keep. For this reason they went into the law business so they could work things their own way.

It is true the Earps were big men in a day when men over six feet were not common. But they were not big men when it came to ethics. When one reads the story, one recognizes they were ordinary people just like the ones we work with, know, and read about every day, except they lived in a time and a place when death was common by gunfire. Most men were armed, the law was frequently nonexistent, and because life at best was hard, tempers were often short. This was along with that trait that the good people did not often come to these little western towns though the rascals and the psychotic did. Money from the silver mines was being shipped around frequently, stage robbing was common, and in the Tombstone area, Mexico and its cattle were close and easy to rustle. Feuds were common and shooting from ambush or really for no good reason at all did happen. The law when presnt was frequently bought and paid for, as were the Earps.

Reading this account is worthwhile for it is not only well done and an interesting story but will remind us, lovers of the written and filmed western, that the fictions are far from reality and that the people who made the west were no different from many of us.
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9 11 the Big Lie by Thierry Meyssan
9 11 the Big Lie

eglazier, February 2, 2008

books like this always get a big sale because people like to believe there are great conspiracies in this world, though no one ever seems to be able to prove them.
the author is a kook writing this book to make money. were any of it correct, there would have been a great hue and cry, but of course it is just a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
by all means people should read this to understand how far someone is willing to twist unproven things to make a living. we have whole corps of people, especially now in the run up to a national election. they are called spin meisters. truth is not a concern, perception is all.
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