The Scariest Place in the World

The Scariest Place in the World

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Half a century after he fought there as a young lieutenant of Marines, James Brady returns to the brooding Korean ridgelines and mountains to sound Taps for a generation. It's been 15 years since Brady first wrote of Korea in The Coldest War, drawing raves from Walter Cronkite and The New York Times , which called it "a superb personal memoir of the way it was."

In the spring of 2003 Brady and Pulitzer-winning combat photographer Eddie Adams, a couple of old Marines, "gentlemen rankers off on a spree," flew in Black Hawk choppers and trekked the Demilitarized Zone where it meanders into North Korea, interviewing four-star generals and bunking in with tough U.S. Recon troops, in Brady's words, "raw meat on the point of a sharpened stick." The two Marine veterans bond with this handful of youthful GIs confronting the loopy and nuclear saber-rattling North, in a contemporary Korea which just might become the war we have to fight next. Brady recalls that first time on bloody Hill 749, the men who died there, what happened to the Marines who lived to make it home, and experiences yet again the emotional pull of a lifelong love affair with the Corps in which they all served.

With consummate skill James Brady summons up the past and illuminates the present, be it the Korea of "the forgotten war", the Yanks who fought there long ago or today's soldiers standing wary sentinel over "the scariest place in the world". The result is uplifting, inspiring, often heart-breaking, and this new Brady memoir proves as powerful as his first.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2005.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312332426
0312332424
Call Number: 951.9304 BRADY
Characteristics: 278 p. : map ; 25 cm
Subjects: Brady, James, 1928-2009 -- Travel -- Korea (South)
Korean Demilitarized Zone (Korea)
Korea (South) -- Description and travel.
Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Personal narratives, American.

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janicemfriesen
Mar 02, 2016

This book was more about the love that men in war develop for one another while going through something really difficult than about Korea. It was OK, but I was hoping to learn more about Korea.

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