MARCH TO CALUMNY: The Story of American POW's in the Korean War by Albert D. Biderman

MARCH TO CALUMNY: The Story of American POW's in the Korean War

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KIRKUS REVIEW

All thanks to sociologist Arthur Biderman; his study, using the methodology of behavioral scientists and the sang froid of a sophisticated man, isolates and evaluates all the jazzed-up, jumbled ""exposes"" about ""what happened in Korea"" amongst our POW's, principally those highly-publicized scare-sheet accounts by Kinkead and Mayer. It is the latters' thesis which is attacked, that ""one out of every three prisoners was guilty of some sort of collaboration"", thereby showing up the moral decay rampant in our ""soft living "" society and signaling the need for militant indoctrination of troops and public and a return to old-school disciplinarianism in the armed forces. These sentiments, recently bounced about in a game of political football, the author analyses against the name-rank-and-number-only policy, the post-Korean Code of Conduct formulation, the lopsided press coverage, the unrepresentativeness of ""control groups"", the role of censorship and of ""muzzling"" and the service ""dossiers"", listing the reactions of men to brainwashing, physical torture and psychological stress. A sober, sturdy, highly startling corrective of misinterpretations and misstatements and a good general vindication of the overall performance of youth in uniform during the Far East campaign.

Pub Date: Jan. 14th, 1962
Publisher: Macmillan