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A major new history told from all sides, to coincide with the sixtieth anniversary of the armistice in the Korean War.

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Sheila Miyoshi Jager is Luce Associate Professor of East Asian Studies at Oberlin College, Ohio, and former visiting professor at the U.S. Army War College in Pennsylvania. She has spent a total of eight years living in Korea with her Korean-American husband, an officer in the U.S. Army.


Insightful, in-depth, and much needed, this book is required reading for anyone who hopes to understand the situation in Korea * Publishers Weekly * important contribution to Cold War scholarship -- Paul French * Literary Review *
An ambitious, engrossing, and often disturbing history of the conflict ... a superbly researched work that should be an essential tool in understanding the current crisis on the peninsula * Booklist *
Professor Jager has written a fresh, insightful study of the Korean War that begins in 1945 and follows the war's impact into the twenty-first century. This book is the best one-volume study of the war in all its cultural, political, and military aspects. -- Allan R. Millett, author of They Came From the North: The Korean War, 1950-1951
This is a magnificent book-deeply researched and written with real feeling and insight into the complex internal and external conditions that produced a brutal war and perpetuated Korea's division to the present day. -- William Stueck, author of The Korean War: An International History
Jager . . . skillfully covers international affairs, politics, and society in a first-rate comprehensive presentation of all the big issues facing North and South Korea. -- Ezra F Vogel, Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus, Harvard University co-editor, Deng and the Transformation of China.
The author's judicious use of new material in several languages as well as her balanced way of presentation make this book an authoritative and accessible history of the Korean peninsula since the Second World -- Akira Iriye, Harvard University
Sheila Miyoshi Jager's Brothers at War is a timely reminder of the significance of arguably the most important unfinished business of the Cold War. -- Major General Julian Thompson, KCL
A stark reminder that... the Korean War is far from over... This gripping book at last gives the big picture and the full story of a tragic and terrible conflict. -- Aidan Foster-Carter, Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Sociology & Modern Korea, Leeds University, UK
Written in lucid narrative prose with an eye for the telling detail and compelling human story -- Carter J. Eckhart, Yoon Se Young Professor of Korean History Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations Harvard University
Sheila Miyoshi Jager has managed an astounding feat-an extremely readable yet rigorously objective and brilliantly researched history of the Korean War from all sides. -- Rana Mitter, professor of the history and politics of modern china, Oxford University, and author of Forgotten Ally: China's World War Two
Heavyweight history of the best kind: an impressive and comprehensive account not only of the Korean War but also its many and far-reaching consequences. Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand our troubled relationship with North Korea today. -- Keith Lowe, author of Savage Continent: Europe in the aftermath of World War Two
A wonderful piece of work. A new history of the Korean War, informed by the latest archival materials, and written in an accessible and compelling way. -- Victor Cha
Best book on Korean war and aftermath I've ever read. -- Senator John McCain

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