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Santa Fe author details Korean War in new book

Colton Shone
October 30, 2018 06:37 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - At a time when world leaders are anxiously waiting to see what happens along the Korean peninsula, a Santa Fe historian is bringing attention to the Korean War, in his new book.

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Hampton Sides says the messy, complicated war gets passed over a lot of the time.

"I think it's forgotten, because the way we taught it in history books, we tended to call it a conflict, sometimes we call it a police action, but let me tell you it was a war. It was a brutal and dramatic war," Sides said.

His latest book, On Desperate Ground, details the Battle of Chosin Reservoir.  Hampton writes that General Douglas MacArthur was convinced they could take down communist North Korean forces relatively quickly; however, 300,000 Red Chinese soldiers secretly joined North Korean forces. The battle was fought in nasty, winter conditions. 

"I doubt there's any battle in American history that had these sorts of conditions, 30-below weather, fighting in these mountain wilds, there was only one road, so there up and down these mountains, slipping and sliding. Eighty-five percent of these guys got frostbite. They were not just fighting the Red Chinese but they were fighting the weather," he said. 

Sides says there was an armistice but no peace treaty was ever signed. North and South Korea are still at odds but Sides says cautiously optimistic relations between the two will get better.

Sides will give a lecture at the Kimo Theater Nov 1, followed by a book signing. This is part of a 22-city book tour across the country.

For more information about the event, click here.

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