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From the New Yorker where most of this material had its original appearance-by one of their crack correspondents, at large in Korea, that troubled peninsula once known as the Land of the Morning Calm. Here, in a country of interminable hills-which lose their charm if you have to climb them, of flowers which point up the shabbiness of wasted areas, of dust and mud, is a sharp, strict record of the peculiar, often forgotten war; of forward actions and the Battle of the Imjin, and the small change of conversation and incident behind the lines largely focused on rotation; Seoul, a ghost town, bare and burned; the Amazon island of Cheju-du, Pusan, which promised to be the Oriental Dunkirk; Sgt. Reeves ""a hero every night"" who won three Purple Hearts, a Silver Star, a Bronze Star Medal and the D.S.C,; and Champlin, jet sea pilot; the natives- and American-good relations-not all brotherly love, and the closer rapport between the fighting men of other countries; and in closing, the first anniversary of the war- which coincided with Malik's first bid for the cease fire talks.... A combat man's view of this war which is human in its perspective, aware in its implications, this sounds no big guns and polishes no brass- but provides an expert synthesis of observation and commentary.

Publisher: Random House