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The following sources are recommended by a professor whose research specialty is the Korean War.


Six Superlative Sources

· Blair, Clay. The Forgotten War: America in Korea, 1950-1953. Naval Institute Press, 2003.

· Stueck, William Whitney. The Road to Confrontation: American Policy toward China and Korea, 1947-1950. University of North Carolina Press, 1981.

· Weathersby, Kathryn. "To Attack or Not to Attack? Stalin, Kim Il Sung, and the Prelude to War." Cold War International History Project, Electronic Bulletin, 5 (Spring 1995).

· Zhang, Shu Guang. Mao's Military Romanticism: China and the Korean War, 1950-53. University Press of Kansas, 1995.

· Goncharov, Sergei N., John W. Lewis, and Xue Litai. Uncertain Partners: Stalin, Mao, and the Korean War. Stanford University Press, 1993.

· Berger, Carl. The Korea Knot: A Military-Political History. Greenwood Press, 1986.

Other Excellent Sources

· Whiting, Allen. China Crosses the Yalu: The Decision to Enter the Korean War. Macmillan, 1960.

· Alexander, Bevin. Korea: The First War We Lost. Hippocrene, 1997.

· Stueck, William. The Korean War: An International History. Princeton University Press, 1997.

· Foot, Rosemary. A Substitute for Victory: The Politics of Peacemaking at the Korean War Armistice Talks. Cornell Studies in Security Affairs, Cornell University Press, 1990.

· Foot, Rosemary. The Wrong War: American Policy and the Dimensions of the Korean Conflict 1950-1953. Cornell University Press, 1985.


· Cumings, Bruce. The Origins of the Korean War: The Roaring of the Cataract, 1947-1950. Princeton University Press, 1992.

· Matray, James. The Reluctant Crusade: American Foreign Policy in Korea, 1941-1950. University of Hawaii Press, 1985.

· Paige, Glen D. The Korean Decision, June 24-30, 1950. MacMillan, 1968.

· Chen, Jian. China's Road to the Korean War: The Making of the Sino-American Confrontation. Columbia University Press, 1996.

· Pelz, Stephen. "U.S. Decisions on Korean Policy, 1943-1950: Some Hypotheses." In Bruce Cumings, ed., Child of Conflict: The Korean-American Relationship, 1943-1953, University of Washington Press, 1983.


· Cagle, Malcolm, Frank Manson, Malcolm W. Cagle, and Arleigh A. Burke. The Sea War in Korea, Naval Institute Press, 2000.

· Futrell, Robert F. The United States Air Force in Korea, 1950-1953. Office of Air Force History, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Government Printing Office, 1983.

· Schnabel, James F. Policy and Direction: The First Year. U.S. Army in the Korean War, v. 3. Center of Military History, U.S. Army, U.S. Government Printing Office, 1992.

· Greer, Andrew. The New Breed: The Story of the U.S. Marines in Korea. Battery Press, 1989.

· Hallion, Richard P. The Naval Air War in Korea. The Nautical and Aviation Publishing Company of America, 1988.

· Collins, J. Lawton. War in Peacetime: The History and Lessons of Korea. Houghton Mifflin, 1969.


· Simmons, Robert R. The Strained Alliance Peking, Poyiongyang, Moscow, and the Politics of the Korean Civil War. Free Press, 1975.

· Hillen, John. Blue Helmets: The Strategy of U.N. Military Operations. Brasseys, 2000.

· Cunningham-Boothe, Ashley, and Peter Farrar. British Forces in the Korean War. The British Korean Veterans Association, 1989.

· Paige, Glen D. The Korean People's Democratic Republic. Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace, Stanford University, 1966.

· Mayers, David A. Cracking the Monolith: U.S. Policy against the Sino-Soviet Alliance, 1949-1955. Louisiana State University Press, 1986.

· Nakajima, Mineo. "The Sino-Soviet Confrontation: Its Roots in the International Background of the Korean War." Australian Journal of Chinese Affairs (now titled The China Journal), 1 (January 1, 1979), 19-47.


· Korean War: Fire and Ice. DVD edition of network broadcast, also available in VHS format. The History Channel, 2001.

· Brown, Lynnita. Korean War Educator.

· Cold War International History Project. Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

· Edwards, Paul M. The Korean War: A Historical Dictionary. Scarecrow Press, 2003.

· Brune, Lester H. The Korean War: Handbook of the Literature and Research. Greenwood Press, 1996.

· Edwards, Paul M. The Korean War: A Documentary History. Krieger Publishing, 1999.

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