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Thunder of the Captains: The Short Summer of 1950
Thunder of the Captains: The Short Summer of 1950
By David Detzer
Crowell, 1977, 243 pp.

An entertaining blend of popular cultural history in the style of Frederick Lewis Allen and animated account of high policymaking during the first two weeks of the Korean War. Nothing new for the historically informed, but recommended for the general reader and especially for those born after 1950. The author overemphasizes the Korean War as a turning point: "For a moment during the summer of 1950 the United States stood frozen between past and future. Then she tipped."