THE EPIC OF KOREA by A. Wigfall Green


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Brief but packed with facts important to the understanding of the Korean background. Much of the material overlaps the Oliver book (see report P. 621), and is in general agreement, though the criticism of American failures of procedure is even sharper in this book, written by a former member of the American military occupation forces. Mr. Green devotes about one third of his book to an analysis of the country, the people, the history, the foreign infiltration -- and the persistence of the Korean dream through successive generations in bondage. The focus is sharper when it comes to the period of American occupation, and he spares nothing in pointing out the basic causes of failure. Where Oliver's text substantiates his warnings over the years and is related more to the evidence of pending war- Green's attack is on the inadequacies of performance in the cause of democracy. Where one might feel that Oliver's partisanship of President Rhee weakens his argument, one could wish for more concentration on personalities in the Green book, which is almost devoid of it. And again, here is a book without an index, though at least it offers more in the way of documentation than its predecessor.

ISBN: 1406703206
Publisher: Public Affairs Press