Reissued to coincide with the 60th anniversary of U.S involvement in the Korean War, this gripping, dramatic military classic re creates six pivotal months in the conflict, told from both the Chinese and Allied sides.The Korean War was, years before Vietnam, the first great East West military misadventure, eventually engaging sixteen countries under the U.N flag in war aReissued to coincide with the 60th anniversary of U.S involvement in the Korean War, this gripping, dramatic military classic re creates six pivotal months in the conflict, told from both the Chinese and Allied sides.The Korean War was, years before Vietnam, the first great East West military misadventure, eventually engaging sixteen countries under the U.N flag in war against China and North Korea Enter the Dragon examines the Chinese side of the Korean War for the first time, re creating and dramatizing Communist China s reluctant role in the undeclared war against the U.S in Korea Russell Spurr s military classic is drawn from firsthand recollections of observers and participants on both sides, and focuses on six pivotal months, beginning in August 1950, when China first deliberated intervention, through their first strike in October, to the standstill at the end of January 1951.Based on five years of research and over 20 fact finding trips to the People s Republic of China and Korea, Enter the Dragon describes why China became involved in Korea and how its strategy evolved, and re creates life on the front lines, conference rooms, and in the streets of the embattled cities.
Enter the Dragon China s Undeclared War Against the U S in Korea Reissued to coincide with the th anniversary of U S involvement in the Korean War this gripping dramatic military classic re creates six pivotal months in the conflict told from both the Chinese
A fantastic book on the Korean War Most popular histories of American wars are quite predictable brave, hometown all American boys leaving their families to save the world from America s evil, faceless enemy The enemy perspective, except in most books dealing with World War Two in Europe, perhaps, is completely left out, leaving the reader to see the enemy as evil and faceless But wars cannot be studied in full if you focus on only one perspective.Most of the book is comprised of gripping indivi [...]
This was an excellently written book Spurr is not a historian but rather a journalist, having covered the Korean War on the ground as such the book is not written in an academic tone though Spurr did do his research The book is written primarily from the viewpoint of the Chinese who did the fighting against the American, South Korean, British and Turkish forces He was able to get interviews with them by traveling to Taiwan where many had been expatriated to following the war Alluding to the vict [...]
Written as a journalistic account than a scholarly work, Russell Spur s book stands as an important backdrop to today s situation on the Korean Peninsula With the succession from Kim Jong il to his son Kim Jong eun, an economy habitually tittering on the edge of near collapse, and an impoverished, oppressed population, there is growing concern about the stability and longevity of the North Korean regime Would a collapse precipitate a Republic of Korea led intervention, which would certainly req [...]
Well written, deeply engrossing account of the early period of the Korean War Spurr follows the action largely from the North Korean and Chinese side, focusing on Chinese observers with the NK forces at the siege of the Pusan Perimeter and then following a Chinese special operations unit the Sharp Swords from the Chinese entry into the war until the Chinese advance came up against Matthew Ridgway s defensive lines There are powerful images here a Chinese observer at Pusan listening to his NK hos [...]
This account of the results of the entry of China into the Korean War is noteworthy in that it was based on Chinese sources, including interview material As such, it was a valuable addition to the literature when it appeared in 1988.
Not a scholarly history but still gave me insights into modern Chinese history I never had.