The Coldest War
A Memoir of KoreaBook - 2000
Recounts the personal experiences of James Brady, who received a commission in the 1950 Marine Corps Reserve and fought in the war in Korea, where he and his fellow soldiers endured the harsh elements of the land and its battles. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.
Blackwell North Amer
America's "forgotten war" lasted just thirty-seven months, yet 54,246 Americans died in that time -- nearly as many as died in ten years in Vietnam. On the fiftieth anniversary of this devastating conflict, James Brady tells the story of his life as a young marine lieutenant in Korea.
In 1947, seeking to avoid the draft, nineteen-year-old Jim Brady volunteered for a Marine Corps program that made him a lieutenant in the reserves on the day he graduated college. He didn't plan to find himself in command of a rifle platoon three years later facing a real enemy, but that is exactly what happened after the Chinese turned a so-called police action into a war.
The Coldest War vividly describes Brady's rapid education in the realities of war and the pressures of command. Opportunities for bold offensives sink in the miasma of trench warfare; death comes in fits and starts as too-accurate artillery on both sides seeks out men in their bunkers; constant alertness is crucial for survival, while brutal cold and a seductive silence conspire to lull soldiers into an often fatal stupor.
The Korean War affected the lives of all Americans, yet is little known beyond the antics of "M*A*S*H." Here is the inside story that deserves to be told, and James Brady is a powerful witness to a vital chapter of our history.
A personal account of the Korean War, as chronicled by a young Marine lieutenant, describes the harsh realities of war, the pressures of command, the struggle for survival, and the tragic impact of the war on all Americans.