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American Airpower Strategy in Korea, 1950-1953
by Conrad C. Crane
Listed under Air War Korea

Brave Men : The Blood-And-Guts Combat Chronicle of Americas Most Decorated Living Soldier
by David H. Hackworth, et al
(Paperback - June 1993)

Brotherhood of War : The Lieutentants/the Captains/the Majors
by W. E. B. Griffin

Breakout : The Chosin Reservoir Campaign, Korea 1950
by Martin Russ

The Bridge at No Gun Ri: A Hidden Nightmare from the Korean War
by Sang-Hun Choe, et al

Chosin: Heroic Ordeal of the Korean War
Eric M. Hammel

China's Road to the Korean War : The Making of the Sino-American Confrontation
(U.S. and Pacific Asia-Studies in Social, Economic, and Political Inte)
Jian Chen, Chen Jian

The Coldest War : A Memoir of Korea
by James Brady
Book Description: 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. 
Paperback from Griffin Trade Paperback

Colder Than Hell: A Marine Rifle Company at Chosin Reservoir (Bluejacket Paperback Book Series)
by Joseph R. Owen
Paperback: 272 pages
Naval Institute Press; ISBN: 1557504164; (January 14, )

Conflict : The History of the Korean War, 1950-53
Robert Leckie

Darkmoon: 8th Army Special Ops in the Korean War
Ed Evanhoe
Hardcover / Published 1995

Disaster in Korea: The Chinese Confront MacArthur
Roy Edgar Appleman
(Texas A&M University Military History Series, No 11)
Hardcover - 456 pages 1st Ed. edition (September 1989)
Texas A&M Univ. Press; ISBN: 0890963444

Drawing Fire: A Combat Artist at War: Pacific Europe Korea Indochina Vietnam
Howard Brodie
Listed under Art in Wartime

East of Chosin : Entrapment and Breakout in Korea, 1950
(Texas A&M University Military History Series)
by Roy Edgar Appleman
(Paperback - December 1991)
Enter the Dragon: China's Undeclared War Against the US in Korea, 1950-51
Russell Spurr

F-84 Thunderjet Units Over Korea (Frontline Color #3.)
by Warren E. Thompson
Listed under Air War Korea

F-51 Mustangs over Korea (Frontline Color Series, 1)
by Warren Thompson
Listed under Air War Korea

Forever Alien : A Korean Memoir, 1930-1951
by Sunny Che

The Forgotten War: America in Korea, 1950-1953
The Forgotten War: America in Korea, 1950-1953
by Clay Blair Jr.
Paperback from United States Naval Inst.
From the Hudson to the Yalu : West Point '49 in the Korean War
(Texas A&M University Military History Series, No 31)
Harry J. Maihafer
Hardcover - 279 pages 1 Ed edition (November 1993)
Texas A&M Univ. Press; ISBN: 0890965544

From Pusan to Panmunjom: Wartime Memoirs of the Republic of Korea's First Four-Star General
by Gen. Paik Sun Yup

A Guide to Films on the Korean War
(Bibliographies and Indexes in American History, No 35)
by Paul M. Edwards
Hardcover - 168 pages (March 30, )
Greenwood Publishing Group; ISBN: 0313303169

Historical Dictionary of the Korean War
by James I. Matray (Editor)
Hardcover - 662 pages (October 1991)
Greenwood Publishing Group; ISBN: 0313259240

The Hunters
by James Salter
Listed under Military Fiction

I Remember Korea : Veterans Tell Their Stories of the Korean War, 1950-53
by Linda Granfield
Hardcover from Clarion Books
In Mortal Combat: Korea, 1950-1953
John Toland
Paperback / Published 1993
In the Devil's Shadow: UN Special Operations During the Korean War
In the Devil's Shadow: UN Special Operations During the Korean War
by Michael E. Haas
Hardcover from United States Naval Inst.
Inchon to Wonsan : From the Deck of a Destroyer in the Korean War
James Edwin Alexander

Korea Remembered : Enough of a War : The USS Ozbourn's First Korean Tour, 1950-1951
Charles F. Cole
Paperback / Published 1995

Korea : The War Before Vietnam
Callum A. MacDonald
The clearest, most complete and unbiased examination to date of the Korean War, whose geopolitical aftershocks can still be felt today.
Hardcover / Published 1987

Korean Atrocity!: Forgotten War Crimes, 1950-1953
by Philip D. Chinnery
Book Description: Recently declassified records on the Korean War have brought to light widespread and systemic war crimes committed by North Koreans and Chinese against troops serving under the United Nations command, according to this study. After examining over 1,600 cases, Philip Chinnery recounts his searing findings in this tragic three-part narrative. Part one covers the first year of the war, when most of the battlefield war crimes, death marches, and atrocities took place. The second part deals with the horrors prisoners faced at the hands of their captors, including starvation, slave labor, and medical experimentation. Part three delves into the prisoners' repatriation at war's end and the disturbing evidence that some of the 7,956 American and 100 British serviceman considered missing in action may have been left behind at the close of the war. In one of many examples, he sites a formerly confidential U.S. Government document that discusses a B-29 crew's release by the Chinese two years after the war ended and how the crew was ordered to keep quiet about the prisoners still under communist control. Had there been a clear victor in Korea instead of a truce, the author believes that war crime trials would have followed.
Hardcover - 286 pages (March )
United States Naval Inst.; ISBN: 1557504733
The Korean War: The Story and Photographs
The Korean War: The Story and Photographs
by Donald M. Goldstein, Harry J. Maihafer
Hardcover from Brasseys, Inc.
The Korean War : An Encyclopedia
(Garland Reference Library of the Humanities, Vol 872)
by Stanley Sandler (Editor)
Garland Pub; ISBN: 0824044452

The Korean War : An International History
(Princeton Studies in International History and Politics)
William Stueck
Paperback - 496 pages Reprint edition
Princeton Univ Pr; ISBN: 0691016240

The Korean War : Handbook of the Literature and Research
by Lester H. Brune (Editor), Robin Higham (Editor)
Hardcover (April )
Greenwood Publishing Group

The Korean War: Pusan to Chosin
Donald Knox 
Paperback: Harvest Books; ISBN: 0156472007; (April 1987)

Korean War: Uncertain Victory
Donald Knox, Alfred Coppel
Paperback: Harvest Books; ISBN: 0156472015; Reprint edition (July 1991)

The Korean War : 'The Forgotten War' (American War Series)
R. Conrad Stein
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Library Binding - 128 pages
Enslow Publishers, Inc.; ISBN: 0894905260

The Korean War : How We Met the Challenge : How All-Out Asian War Was Averted : Why MacArthur Was Dismissed
Matthew B. Ridgway 
Paperback: 291 pages
Da Capo Press; ISBN: 0306802678; (April 1988)

The Long March and In the Clap Shack (2 Books in 1)
by William Styron
(Paperback - January 1993)

Mao's Generals Remember Korea
by Xiaobing Li
Listed under North Korea

Mao's Military Romanticism : China and the Korean War, 1950-1953
(Modern War Studies)
Shu Guang Zhang
Hardcover / Published 1995

Marine Corps Tank Battles in Korea
Marine Corps Tank Battles in Korea
by Oscar E. Gilbert
Hardcover from Casemate Pub
by Richard D. Hooker
Before the movie, this is the novel that gave life to Hawkeye Pierce, Trapper John, Hot Lips Houlihan, Frank Burns, Radar O'Reilly, and the rest of the gang that made the 4077th MASH like no other place in Korea or on earth.
Listed under Military Fiction

Men of Honor: Highly Decorated Marines of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam
Kenneth N., Sr. Jordan
Listed under US Marines

North Korean Special Forces (Naval Institute Special Warfare Series)
by Joseph Bermudez 
Listed under North Korea

Officers in Flight Suits : The Story of American Air Force Fighter Pilots in the Korean War
John Darrell Sherwood
Listed under Air War Korea

The Origins of the Korean War (2nd Edition)
Peter Lowe

The Outpost War : The US Marine Corps in Korea, 1952
by Lee Ballenger, Allen Millett
Hardcover: 282 pages
Brasseys, Inc.; ISBN: 1574882414;

Pork Chop Hill: The American Fighting Man in Action, Korea, Spring, 1953
by S. L. A. Marshall
Mass Market Paperback from Berkley Pub Group

Raiders of the China Coast : CIA Covert Operations During the Korean War (Special Warfare Series)
by Frank Holober
Hardcover - 336 pages
United States Naval Inst.; ISBN: 1557503885

Refighting the Last War : Command and Crisis in Korea 1950-53
D. Clayton James, Anne Sharp Wells
Hardcover / Published 1992

The Secrets of Inchon : The Untold Story of the Most Daring Covert Mission of the Korean War
by Eugene Franklin Clark, Thomas Fleming (Introduction)
If Korea is America's forgotten war, Eugene Franklin Clark is certainly one of that war's least-known heroes. The Secrets of Inchon is his first-person account--written in 1953 and long forgotten in a safety deposit box--of his terrifying fortnight on a small island in North Korean-occupied Inchon harbor. Douglas MacArthur's planned invasion was as fraught with peril as it was daring. The port, with 29-foot tides, was, at their ebb, protected by a mud-flat moat 6,000 yards wide in places. Without elaborate, accurate, first-hand information--which Clark was ordered to supply--about mines, fortifications, sea floor gradients, troop distribution, and other matters large and small, the operation (Clark likens it to a "fly deliberately planning to invade a spider's web") could easily have become "an American Dunkerque." Clark's reconnaissance included hand-to-hand gunfights, rugged interrogations, night forays in small junks, constant vigilance, exhaustingly long hours, and the cooperation of anti-Communist Koreans. The Secrets of Inchon is a commendable tale of an unfathomably obscure and daring military episode. --H. O'Billovich -
Hardcover: 400 pages
Putnam Pub Group; ISBN: 039914871X; (May 9, )

Shadow Warriors : The Covert War in Korea
William B. Breuer
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Ship of Miracles
by Bill Gilbert, Alexander M., Jr. Haig
In December of 1950, La Rue and his skeleton crew [of 12] rescued fourteen thousand Korean refugees from the hands of the rapidly-approaching Chinese army in the city of Hungnam.
Hardcover - 224 pages (October 1, )
Triumph Books; ISBN: 1572433663
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This Kind of War: The Classic Korean War History
This Kind of War: The Classic Korean War History
by T. R. Fehrenbach, Gordon Sullivan
Hardcover from Brasseys, Inc.

This Kind of War : The Classic Korean War History
by T. R. Fehrenbach
Book Description: 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. 

The 50th anniversary of the Korean War, which began in June 1950, makes this an appropriate time to revisit this monumental study. Successive generations of U.S. military officers have considered this book an indipensable part of their education. To commemortae the anniversary, this special edition has been updated with battlefield maps, vivid photographs, and a foreword by Gen. Gordon Sullivan, USA (Ret.), former U.S. army chief of staff. 

T.R. Fehrenbach's narrative brings to life the harrowing and bloody battles that were fought up and down the Korean Peninsula. 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 a clear, panoramic view, sharp insight into the successes and failures of U.S. forces, and a riveting account of fierce clashes between UNited Nationa troops and the North Korean and Chinese communist invaders. 

The lessons that Colonel Fehrenbach identifies still resonate. Severe peacetime budget cuts after World War II left the U.S. military a shadow of its former self. The terrible lesson of Korea was that to send into action troops trained for nothing but "serving a hitch" in some quiet billet was an almost criminal act. Throwing these ill-trained and poorly equipped troops into the heat of battle resulted in the war's early routs. The United States was simply unprepared for war. As we enter a new century with Americans and North Koreans continuing to face each other across the 38th parallel, we would do well to remember the price we paid during the Korean War. 

Uncertain Partners: Stalin, Mao, and the Korean War
Uncertain Partners: Stalin, Mao, and the Korean War
by Sergei N. Goncharov, John W. Lewis, Xue Litai
Paperback from Stanford Univ Pr
We Will Not Be Strangers : Korean War Letters Between a M.A.S.H. Surgeon and His Wife
Dorothy G. Horwitz (Editor)
In the first war Americans didn't care to understand, young M*A*S*H surgeon Mel Horwitz finds himself in a dusty hospital tent on the Korean front. He and his new wife exchange letters in which they express the timeless urgency of young love and a mutual contempt for war.
Hardcover: 248 pages
Univ of Illinois Pr (Trd); ISBN: 0252022041;

With a Black Platoon in Combat : A Year in Korea
(Texas A&M University Military History Series, No 29)
Lyle Rishell
Hardcover - 176 pages (April 1993)
Texas A&M Univ. Press; ISBN: 0890965269
Listed under Korean War Narratives

Battle at the 38th Parallel: Surviving the Peace Talks at Panmunjom
by Joseph E. Gonsalves, Stanley Sandler
The final phase of the Korean War-from April 1952 to July 1953-was not a time of vast battles, seaborne invasions, massive drives and retreats, or infusions of new combatants into the conflict. It was, rather, a period of violent and often futile local battles, waged in an effort to gain high ground as the peace talks sputtered. 
During this period, the Iron Triangle area of central Korea saw some of the fiercest fighting of the war. It was there, along the outpost line of the 7th Division, that many paid the ultimate price to achieve what has turned out to be a lasting, though shaky, truce. 

BATTLE AT THE 38TH PARALLEL is a journey through those crucial months with an American rifle company, set against the backdrop of the peace talks at Panmunjom. The experience of Company E, 17th Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, has been meticulously recreated through oral histories of the soldiers on the front line, data from the national Archives, news reports from back home, and the author's own first-hand account. 
(Paperback: 250 pages 
Publisher: Hellgate Press; 1st edition (August 1, ) 
Language: English 
ISBN-10: 1555715524 
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Firefight at Yechon : Courage and Racism in the Korean War
Charles M. Bussey
Here is Bussey's story, the first personal account of the African-American experience in the Korean War, told by a man whose commander said he would have received the Medal of Honor if not for the color of his skin. 
Hardcover / Published 1991
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A Barren Place: National Servicemen in Korea, 1950-1954
Adrian Walker
Hardcover - 176 pages (March )
Leo Cooper; ISBN: 0850524083
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From Pusan to Panmunjom (An Ausa Book)
Sun Yup Paik
Engrossing wartime memoirs from South Korea's first four-star general.
Hardcover / Published 1992
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A Very Long Weekend : The Army National Guard in Korea 1950-1953
William Berebitsky 
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Witness to War : Korea
Rod Paschall
Paperback / Published 1995
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Escaping the Trap: The U. S. Army X Corps in Northeast Korea, 1950
R. E. Appleman.
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Ridgway Duels for Korea. R. E. Appleman.
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Korean War Heroes
Edward F. Murphy
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Psywar : Psychological Warfare in Korea, 1950-1953
Stephen E. Pease
Paperback / Published 1992
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Origins of the Korean War : Liberation and the Emergence of Separate Regimes Vol 1
Bruce Cumings
Paperback / Published 1981
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