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Defining Moments

The Korean War

  • Author/Editor: Leif A. Gruenberg
  • Binding: Library binding
  • Trim Size: 7 1/4 x 9 1/4
  • Page Count: 265
  • Book Level:
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • ISBN: 978-0-7808-0766-2
  • List Price: $60.00
  • Sample Pages
  • Printable Information Sheet

Web Price: $54.00

America’s Forgotten War was one of both precedence and importance. The opening salvo in what would be a 50-year Cold War against communism, the American military foray into Korea began with a tactically brilliant naval landing at Inchon and ended with a bittersweet truce between North and South that lasts to this day. The Korean War, considered an overlooked and underanalyzed lesson in military intervention fueled by political intrigue, provided a hazy first look at the future of modern military intervention for the United States.

Defining Moments: The Korean War provides users with a detailed and authoritative overview of the conflict, as well as the principal figures involved in this pivotal event in U.S. history. It also explores the event’s lasting impact on America’s political and cultural landscape. The volume is organized into three distinct sections—Narrative Overview, Biographies, and Primary Sources—which offer a one-stop resource for student research.

  • The Narrative Overview section provides a detailed, factual account of what led up to the Korean War, the events and issues during the era, and its legacy in American society
  • The Biographies section presents valuable biographical background on leading figures associated with the war
  • The Primary Sources section collects a wide variety of pertinent primary source materials from the era, including official documents, song lyrics, memoirs, editorials, and other important works

Other notable features include a glossary of important people, places, and terms; a detailed chronology featuring page references to relevant sections of the narrative; an annotated listing of selected sources for further study; an extensive general bibliography; and a subject index.

Standard Features

  • Library binding, 7 1/4 x 9 1/4
  • 240 pages
  • 30-40 photographs and other illustrations
  • Narrative Overview section: Provides a detailed, factual account of the “defining moment”
  • Biographies section: Presents valuable biographical background on leading figures associated with the event
  • Primary Sources section: Collects a wide variety of pertinent primary source materials from the era
  • Research Topics: Proposes a list of topics suitable for conducting historical research and writing reports, a valuable starting point for student research
  • Source Attribution: Contains references for primary sources and other quoted material that guide users to other historical research resources
  • Glossary of Important People, Places, and Terms: Gives brief definitions for the many terms used in the book
  • Chronology: Highlights the related events in chronological order, along with “see” references that direct the reader to pages in the narrative with additional information
  • Sources for Further Study: Provides annotated citations for selected sources that are most useful to students
  • Bibliography: Lists books, periodicals, web sites, and videos consulted in preparing the volume
  • Subject Index: Includes people, places, organizations, events, and other topics

Research Topics

Each volume in the Defining Moments series covers a wide range of topics that students can use as starting points for further research. Potential research topics for Defining Moments: The Korean War are below:

  • Discuss the history and geography of the Korean peninsula
  • Define the origins and expansion of the Cold War
  • Compare and contrast the presidencies of Harry S. Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower, particularly their foreign policies
  • Review the influence of anti-Communist beliefs on American foreign and domestic policy
  • Study the invasion of Inchon and explain why it was a major battle
  • Compare and contrast Generals Douglas MacArthur and Matthew Ridgway and their prosecution of the war in Korea
  • Explicate the reasons for—and impact of—China’s invasion of Korea
  • Explore the Cold War ramifications of the war
  • Compare and contrast life in modern-day North Korea and South Korea
  • Discuss the role of North Korea in current international relations and study how the war contributed to the country’s isolation
  • Summarize the war’s lasting impact on America’s political landscape and military philosophy


“Recommended for both high school and college-level collections. … [The Korean War provides] a blend of biographies, historical overviews, and primary source documents of the times to follow key changes and transformations which changed U.S. and world policies. The three major sections allow students to receive clear discussions of important period moments.”

—Internet Bookwatch, Apr ’05

“This is a good volume for high school libraries, and it is inexpensive.”

—American Reference Books Annual, 2005