Americans in rediscovered something that since Hiroshima they had forgotten; you may fly over a land forever: you may bomb it, atomize it, pulverize it and wipe it clean of life--but if you desire to defend it, protect it, and keep it for civilization, you must do this on the ground, the way the Roman legions did, by putting your young men into the mud."" Is it possible yet to look at our Korean experiences in meaningful perspective, evaluating the countless aspects which were smothered by emotional conflicts and misunderstandings at the time? Whether or not we think it is, Mr. Fehrenbach has indisputably done so, fearlessly; and a great deal more besides: he has created a clear and vivid story out of that complex tangle of events which certainly left the vast majority of us utterly in the dark as to what was really at stake, what failed, what succeeded, and why. He is a firm master of the historian's olympian, overall view of persons and actions; but he also draws continually from first-hand accounts of men who lived through it in many representative capacities. All in all, it is an important contribution to our political and historical awareness and in many ways a truly distinguished book.