Thomas Ricks' new book, The Generals, is about what he sees as a decline of American military leadership and accountability. He says that in World War II, generals were held accountable for their lack of success — but that started to change with the Korean War.
Maureen Corrigan reviews Jayne Anne Phillips' Lark & Termite, a novel that weaves together the story of an American soldier fighting (and dying) in Korea in 1950, with that of his family struggling with their loss nine years later.
Life magazine has called David Douglas Duncan perhaps the best war photographer since Matthew Brady. In 1999, Duncan received a lifetime achievement award for excellence and bravery from the Marine Corps. We rebroadcast an interview with Duncan from July 2, 1990
Photographer David Douglas Duncan. "Life" magazine has called him perhaps the best war photographer since Matthew Brady. A photo retrospective featuring his work opened this month at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas. His pictures are also featured in the book, "This Is War!" which portrays the Korean conflict in words and pictures. (REBROADCAST from 7/2/90).
A new edition of photographer David Douglas Duncan's 1951 book This is War, which captures images of Marines in Korea, has just been published. Duncan is also known for his several photos of Pablo Picasso.
An's White Badge is the first Korean novel to be published by an American house. The story is based on his experience as a soldier in the Vietnam War. An also works as a translator, and has translated several American books into Korean.