The Korean War revisited by the author of a comprehensive history of the Marines. Part of the ""Great Battles of History"" series, this efficient study chronicles the Inchon beachhead victory and the reconquest of Seoul. MacArthur's masterstroke brought U.S. troops back from the Pusan enclave, where the North Koreans had pushed them--and eventually brought them to the Yalu debacle. As other military historians agree, Inchon was the chef-d'oeuvre in the General's long career, landing over 50,000 American soldiers far behind enemy lines, and bolstering MacArthur's demand that U.S. forces pursue the North Koreans across the 38th parallel. Inchon also reinforced MacArthur's sense of infallibility, and Heinl also prefigures the man's ruin in his moment of glory. The invasion led to Chinese intervention, stalemate, and final disgrace for its mastermind. Owing to Ridgway's memoirs and problematic Vietnam parallels, the Korean War has regained interest for general readers as well as military buffs and students of recent history; this contribution is a welcome one.