Ghost Flames: Life and Death in a Hidden War, Korea 1950-1953

October 31, 2020
Ghost Flames: Life and Death in a Hidden War, Korea 1950-1953

A powerful, character-driven narrative of the Korean Warfrom the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer who helped uncover some ofits longest-held and darkest secretsThe war that broke out in Korea on a Sunday morning 70 years agohas come to be recognized as a critical turning point in modernhistory, as the first great clash of arms of the Cold War, the lastconflict between superpowers, and the root of a nuclear crisis thatgrips the world to this day.In this vivid, emotionally compelling and highly originalaccount, Charles J. Hanley tells the story of the Korean Warthrough the eyes of 20 individuals who lived through it—from aNorth Korean refugee girl to an American nun, a Chinese general toa black American prisoner of war, a British journalist to a USMarine hero.This is an intimate, deeper kind of history, whose meticulousresearch and rich detail, drawing on recently unearthed materialsand eyewitness accounts, brings the true face of the Korean War,the vastness of its human tragedy, into a sharper focus than everbefore. The "Forgotten War" becomes unforgettable.In decades as an international journalist, Hanley reported fromsome 100 countries and covered more than a half-dozen conflicts,from Vietnam to Afghanistan and Iraq.