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Remembered prisoners of a forgotten war : an oral history of Korean War POWs

Author: Lewis H Carlson
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"The Korean War POW remains the most maligned victim of all American wars. For nearly half a century, the media, general public, and even scholars have described hundreds of these prisoners as "brainwashed" victims who uncharacteristically caved in to their Communist captors or, even worse, as turncoats who betrayed their fellow soldiers. In either case, these boys apparently lacked the "right stuff" required of our  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lewis H Carlson
ISBN: 0312286848 9780312286842
OCLC Number: 1015713827
Description: xv, 301 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Three prisoners of war --
"Let them march till they die" --
the Tiger Death March and beyond --
The Sunchon Tunnel Massacre --
Death Valley and the temporary camps --
Life in the permanent camps --
Injuries, disease, and medical care --
Escape: myth and reality --
Interrogation, propaganda, indoctrination, and "brainwashing" --
Progressives, Reactionaries, and the twenty-one who chose to stay --
Freedom and recrimination --
Legacy.
Responsibility: Lewis H. Carlson.

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"The Korean War POW remains the most maligned victim of all American wars. For nearly half a century, the media, general public, and even scholars have described hundreds of these prisoners as "brainwashed" victims who uncharacteristically caved in to their Communist captors or, even worse, as turncoats who betrayed their fellow soldiers. In either case, these boys apparently lacked the "right stuff" required of our brave sons." "Here, at long last, is a chance to hear the true story of these courageous men in their own words - a story that, until now, has gone largely untold. Dr. Carlson debunks many of the popular myths of Korean War POWs in this devastating oral history that's as compelling and moving as it is informative. From the Tiger Death March to the paranoia here at home, Korean War POWs suffered injustices on a scale few can comprehend. More than 40 percent of the 7,140 Americans taken prisoner died in captivity, and as the haunting tales of the survivors unfold, it becomes clear that the goal of these men was simply to survive under the most terrible conditions."--BOOK JACKET.

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