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  • 10/2014
  • 9781610055079 1610055071
  • 575 pages
  • $19.95
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Forgotten: Ideological Conflicts in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan
Sam Holliday, author
Forgotten vividly preserves the reality of what took place in Korea and Vietnam and then states the lessons that should have been learned. It takes you on a trip into the intensity of life close to death, with glimpses of the sublime, strange, and selfess that those who were there can never forget. Those who have never been in combat do not understand it, so Forgotten seeks to change this. Through reconstructing and retracing the path of the 29th and 35th Infantry Regiments, Forgotten illustrates why combat camaraderie is the key to success in battle, recognizes the nobility and heroism of those fighters who protect all that we have and cherish, and explains some of the lessons that should have been learned, but were forgotten. The courage, skill, fear, and luck displayed in both the defeats and successes of combat are often ignored or distorted as the media reacts to massive firepower, political arguments, inhumanity, and myths. Forgotten is a step on the path of correction.
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10/03/2014
Forgotten: Ideological Conflicts in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, & Afghanistan

“At last light we are two miles behind the front lines facing some woods. Whenever the artillery fires, there is a tremendous roar and red streaks of light flash into the air. Moving figures emerge out of the darkness. The North Koreans are moving slowly toward us. “Fire,” Some of the figures fall, and others stop, as in disbelief. We fire again. The figures disappear in the darkness. The bodies left do not move. There is silence broken by the roar from the artillery close by, and the rumble from the other artillery in the valley. All night fighting is intense as far as ten miles behind the front lines.”

Excerpt from Forgotten

 

Forgotten presents the reality of infantry combat by bringing to light the lessons about ideological conflict that were not learned in Korea and Vietnam. It illustrates the importance of combat camaraderie and the inner compass of individuals. The book is a partial correction of the distortion of combat by the media and military history that slight the individual with its focus on firepower, technology, political arguments, grand maneuvers, mistakes and myths.

 

Although Forgotten tells an interesting story of the past, it also looks to the future in the hope that the mistakes made in Iraq and Afghanistan will not be repeated. It identifies the two current existential threats to the United States, then suggests what must be done if America is not to decline.   

 

About the Author:

Sam C. Holliday fought as an infantryman in Korea and Vietnam, worked in the Pentagon on force planning for Vietnam, and was the first director of Stability Studies at the Army War College. After sixty years of research and reflection on War and Warfare, he has presented his conclusions with drama, philosophical perspective, and compassion.

 

Formats
Paperback Book Details
  • 10/2014
  • 9781610055079 1610055071
  • 575 pages
  • $19.95

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