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The Coldest War

(1951)
A Memoir of Korea
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America's "forgotten war" lasted just thirty-seven months, yet 54,246 Americans died in that time -- nearly as many as died in ten years in Vietnam. On the fiftieth anniversary of this devastating conflict, James Brady tells the story of his life as a young marine lieutenant in Korea.

In 1947, seeking to avoid the draft, nineteen-year-old Jim Brady volunteered for a Marine Corps program that made him a lieutenant in the reserves on the day he graduated college. He didn't plan to find himself in command of a rifle platoon three years later facing a real enemy, but that is exactly what happened after the Chinese turned a so-called police action into a war.

The Coldest War vividly describes Brady's rapid education in the realities of war and the pressures of command. Opportunities for bold offensives sink in the miasma of trench warfare; death comes in fits and starts as too-accurate artillery on both sides seeks out men in their bunkers; constant alertness is crucial for survival, while brutal cold and a seductive silence conspire to lull soldiers into an often fatal stupor.

The Korean War affected the lives of all Americans, yet is little known beyond the antics of "M*A*S*H." Here is the inside story that deserves to be told, and James Brady is a powerful witness to a vital chapter of our history.

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December 2000 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Coldest War: A Memoir of Korea
Author(s): James Brady
ISBN: 0-7838-9305-1 / 978-0-7838-9305-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: G K Hall & Co
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May 1990 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Coldest War
Author(s): James Brady
ISBN: 0-517-57690-2 / 978-0-517-57690-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Crown
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Paperback Editions

June 2000 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Coldest War: A Memoir of Korea
Author(s): James Brady
ISBN: 0-312-26511-5 / 978-0-312-26511-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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August 1995 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Coldest War: A Memoir of Korea
Author(s): James Brady
ISBN: 0-671-72525-4 / 978-0-671-72525-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pocket Books
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Kindle Editions

April 2007 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Coldest War: A Memoir of Korea
Author(s): James Brady
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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