This is a useful account of America's policy in Korea from 1945 to the outbreak of the Korean war, but its conclusion is highly questionable. It argues against the generally accepted belief that President Truman, by having U.S. troops occupy the southern part of Korea, saved at least that half of the country from communist dictatorship. Rather, the author insists, the separation of Korea was a decision "prompted by an arrogance of power, an impetuous desire to extend the universal relevance of the American way of life to the victims of Japanese imperialism." One wonders if the citizens of South Korea today would share such an assessment.
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