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This is a list of books about the Korean War.

Campaigns and battles

  • Appleman, Roy (1992). "South to the Naktong, North to the Yalu". Washington, D.C.: Center of Military History, United States Army. ISBN 0-16-035958-9. 
  • Appleman, Roy (1987). "East of Chosin: Entrapment and Breakout in Korea, 1950". College Station, TX: Texas A and M University Military History Series. ISBN 0-89096-283-9. 
  • Appleman, Roy (1989). "Disaster in Korea: The Chinese Confront MacArthur". College Station, TX: Texas A and M University Military History Series,. ISBN 978-1-60344-128-5. 
  • Appleman, Roy (1990). "Escaping the Trap: The US Army X Corps in Northeast Korea, 1950". College Station, TX: Texas A and M University Military History Series. ISBN 0-89096-395-9. 
  • Appleman, Roy (1990). "Ridgway Duels for Korea". College Station, TX: Texas A and M University Military History Series. ISBN 0-89096-432-7. 
  • Hamburger, Kenneth E. (2003). "Leadership in the Crucible : The Korean War Battles of Twin Tunnels & Chipyong-ni". College Station, TX: Texas A&M University Press. ISBN 1-58544-232-1. 
  • Hinshaw, Arned Lee (1989). "Heartbreak Ridge". New York, NY: Praeger Publishers. ISBN 0-275-93217-6. 
  • Marshall, S.L.A. (1982). "The River and the Gauntlet: Defeat of the Eighth Army by the Chinese Communist forces, November, 1950, in the Battle of the Chongchon River, Korea". Des Moines, IA: Time-Life Books. ISBN 0-8094-3845-3. 
  • Russ, Martin. Breakout: The Chosin Reservoir Campaign, Korea 1950, Penguin, 2000, 464 pages, ISBN 0-14-029259-4
  • Salmon, Andrew (2009). "To the Last Round: The Epic British Stand on the Imjin River". London, UK: Aurum Press. ISBN 978-1-84513-408-2. 

Combat studies

Air combat

  • Bruning, John R. (2000). "Crimson Sky: The Air Battle for Korea". Riverside, NJ: Protomac Books Inc.. ISBN 1-57488-841-2. 
  • Hallion, Richard P. The Naval Air War in Korea (1986).
  • Werrell, Kenneth P. (2005). "Sabres over MiG Alley". Annapolis, MD: Naval Institution Press. ISBN 1-59114-933-9. 
  • Warrell, Kenneth P. "Across the Yalu: Rules of Engagement and the Communist Air Sanctuary during the Korean War." Journal of Military History 72.2 (2008): 451–76. Print.
  • Zhang, Xiao Ming (2004). "Red Wings Over the Yalu: China, the Soviet Union, and the Air War in Korea". College Station, TX: Texas A&M University Press. ISBN 1-58544-201-1. 

Ground combat

Intelligence gathering

  • Roe, Patrick C. (2000). "The Dragon Strikes". Novato, CA: Presidio. ISBN 0-89141-703-6. 


  • Huston, James Alvin (1989). "Guns and Butter, Powder and Rice : U.S. Army Logistics in the Korean War". Selinsgrove, PA: Susquehanna University Press. ISBN 0-941664-87-2. 
  • Shrader, Charles R. (1995). "Communist Logistics in the Korean War". Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. ISBN 0-313-29509-3. 

Naval combat

  • Marolda, Edward (2007). "The US Navy in the Korean War". Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 978-1-59114-487-8. 

Psychological warfare

  • Pease, Stephen E. (1992). "Psywar: Psychological Warfare in Korea, 1950-1953". Harrisburg, PA: Stackpole Books. ISBN 0-8117-2592-8. 


  • Malkasian, Carter (2002). "A History of Modern Wars of Attrition". Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers. ISBN 0-275-97379-4. 
  • Ohn, Chang-Il. "The Korean War of 1950–1953: U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff and U.S. Strategy." Revue Internationale D'histoire Militaire 70 (1988): 211–41. Print.
  • Rees, David (1964). Korea: The Limited War. New York: St Martin's. OCLC 1078693. 

Unit cohesion

  • George, Alexander L. (1967). "The Chinese Communist Army in Action: The War and its Aftermath". New York, NY: Columbia University Press. OCLC 284111. 

Cultural impact

  • West, Philip; Levine, Steven I.; Hiltz, Jackie (1998). "America's Wars in Asia: A Cultural Approach to History and Memory". Armonk, New York: M.E. Sharpe. ISBN 0-7656-0237-7. 
  • Zhang, Hong (2002). "The Making of Urban Chinese Images of the United States, 1945-1953". Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. ISBN 0-313-31001-7. 

Encyclopedia and reference work

  • Brune, Lester and Robin Higham, eds., The Korean War: Handbook of the Literature and Research (Greenwood Press, 1994)
  • Ecker, Richard E. (2005). "Korean Battle Chronology: Unit-by-Unit United States Casualty Figures and Medal of Honor Citations". Jefferson, NC: McFarland. ISBN 0-7864-1980-6. 
  • Edwards, Paul M. The A to Z of the Korean War. The Scarecrow Press, 2005. 307 pp.
  • Edwards, Paul M. The Hill Wars of the Korean Conflict : A Dictionary of Hills, Outposts and other Sites of Military Action. McFarland & Co., 2006. 267 pp.
  • Edwards, Paul M. The Korean War: a Historical Dictionary. The Scarecrow Press, 2003. 367 pp.
  • Edwards, Paul M. Korean War Almanac (2006)
  • (Chinese) Hu, Guang Zheng (胡光正); Ma, Shan Ying (马善营) (1987). "Chinese People's Volunteer Army Order of Battle (中国人民志愿军序列)". Beijing: Chinese People's Liberation Army Publishing House. OCLC 298945765. 
  • Matray, James I. (ed.) Historical Dictionary of the Korean War. Greenwood Press, 1991. 626 pp.
  • Varhola, Michael J. (2000). "Fire and Ice: The Korean War, 1950–1953". Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press. ISBN 978-1-882810-44-4. 
  • Millett, Allan R, "A Reader's Guide To The Korean War" Journal of Military History (1997) Vol. 61 No. 3; p. 583+ full text in JSTOR; free online revised version
  • Millett, Allan R. "The Korean War: A 50 Year Critical Historiography," Journal of Strategic Studies 24 (March 2001), pp. 188–224. full text in Ingenta and Ebsco
  • Millett, Allan R. (2007). "The Korean War: The Essential Bibliography". Dulles, VA: Potomac Books. ISBN 978-1-57488-976-5. 
  • Sandler, Stanley ed., The Korean War: An Encyclopedia (Garland, 1995)
  • Summers, Harry G. Korean War Almanac (1990)


  • Chang, Jung; Halliday, Jon (2005). Mao: The Unknown Story. Knopf. ISBN 0-679-42271-4. 
  • James, D. Clayton The Years of MacArthur: Triumph and Disaster, 1945–1964 (1985), scholarly biography of MacArthur
  • James, D. Clayton with Anne Sharp Wells, Refighting the Last War: Command and Crises in Korea, 1950–1953 (1993)
  • Leitich, Keith. Shapers of the Great Debate on the Korean War: A Biographical Dictionary (2006) covers Americans only

Official history

British Commonwealth

  • Farrar-Hockley, Anthony (1990). "Official History: The British Part in the Korean War". London, England: HMSO. ISBN 0-11-630953-9. 
  • McGibbon, Ian (1996). "New Zealand and the Korean War. Combat Operations". Auckland, New Zealand: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-558343-4. 
  • O'Neil, Robert, Australia in the Korean War 1950–53 (2 vols). Australian War Memorial and the Australian Government Publishing Service, 1981 and 1985.
  • Wood, Herbert Fairlie (1966). "Official History of the Canadian Army in Korea: Strange Battleground". Ottawa, Canada: Queen's Printer. OCLC 4199207. 


  • (Chinese) Chinese Military Science Academy (2000). "History of War to Resist America and Aid Korea (抗美援朝战争史)". Beijing: Chinese Military Science Academy Publishing House. ISBN 7-80137-390-1. 

North Korea

  • (Chinese) DPRK Science Academy History Research Division (1961). "The Joseon People's History of the Justice War for Fatherland Liberation (朝鲜人民正义的祖国解放战争史)". Pyongyang: DPRK Foreign Language Publishing House. 

South Korea

  • Chae, Han Kook; Chung, Suk Kyun; Yang, Yong Cho (2001). "The Korean War". In Yang, Hee Wan; Lim, Won Hyok; Sims, Thomas Lee et al.. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press. ISBN 978-0-8032-7795-3. 

United States

Oral history, recollections and memoirs

  • Bin Yu and Xiaobing Li, eds. Mao's Generals Remember Korea, University Press of Kansas, 2001, hardcover 328 pages, ISBN 0-7006-1095-2
  • Clark, Mark Wayne (1954). "From the Danube to the Yalu". New York, NY: Harper. OCLC 178967. 
  • Bowers, William T. (2008). "The Line: Combat in Korea, January - February 1951". Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 978-0-8131-2508-4. 
  • Bowers, William T. (2010). "Striking Back: Combat in Korea, March - April 1951". Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 978-0-8131-2564-0. 
  • Matthew B. Ridgway, The Korean War (1967).
  • Millett, Allan R. Their War for Korea: American, Asian, and European Combatants and Civilians, 1945–1953. Brassey's, 2003. 310 pp.
  • Toland, John. In Mortal Combat: Korea, 1950–1953 (1991)
  • Paik, Sun Yup (1992). "From Pusan to Panmunjom". Riverside, NJ: Brassey Inc. ISBN 0-02-881002-3. 
  • Spurr, Russell (1988). "Enter the Dragon: China's Undeclared War Against the U.S. in Korea 1950-51". New York, NY: Newmarket Press. ISBN 1-55704-008-7. 
  • Watson, Brent Byron. Far Eastern Tour: The Canadian Infantry in Korea, 1950–1953. 2002. 256 pp.
  • (Chinese) Wu, Ru Lin (吴瑞林) (1995). "42nd Corps During the War to Resist America and Aid Korea (抗美援朝中的第42军)". Beijing: Gold Wall Press. ISBN 7-80084-118-9. 
  • Yoo, Young-Bok (2012). "Tears of Blood: A Korean POW's Fight for Freedom, Family and Justice". Los Angeles, CA: Korean War POW Affairs-USA. ISBN 978-1479383856. 

Origins, politics, diplomacy

  • Barnouin, Barbara; Yu, Changgeng (2006). Zhou Enlai: A Political Life. Hong Kong: Chinese University Press. ISBN 962-996-280-2. 
  • Becker, Jasper (2005). Rogue Regime: Kim Jong Il and the Looming Threat of North Korea. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-517044-X. 
  • Carpenter, William M. "The Korean War: A Strategic Perspective Thirty Years Later." Comparative Strategy 2.4 (1980): 335–53. Print.
  • Casey, Steven. Selling the Korean War: Propaganda, Politics, and Public Opinion in the United States, 1950–1953. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2008. Print.
  • Chen, Jian (1994). China's Road to the Korean War: The Making of the Sino-American Confrontation. New York: Columbia University Press. ISBN 978-0-231-10025-0. 
  • Cumings, Bruce (1981). "3, 4". Origins of the Korean War. Princeton University Press. ISBN 89-7696-612-0. 
  • Cumings, Bruce (1997). Korea's Place in the Sun: A Modern History. WW Norton & Company. ISBN 0-393-31681-5. 
  • Foot, Rosemary, "Making Known the Unknown War: Policy Analysis of the Korean Conflict in the Last Decade," Diplomatic History 15 (Summer 1991): 411–31, in JSTOR
  • Foot, Rosemary. The Wrong War: American Policy and the Dimensions of the Korean Conflict, 1950–1953. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1985. Print.
  • Foot, Rosemary (1990). "A Substitute for Victory: The Politics of Peacemaking at the Korean Armistice Talks". Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. ISBN 0-8014-2413-5. 
  • Goncharov, Sergei N., John W. Lewis; and Xue Litai, Uncertain Partners: Stalin, Mao, and the Korean War, Stanford University Press, 1993, ISBN 0-8047-2521-7, diplomatic
  • Kaufman, Burton I. The Korean War: Challenges in Crisis, Credibility, and Command. Temple University Press, 1986, focus is on Washington
  • Kaufman, Burton I. The Korean Conflict (Greenwood Press, 1999).
  • Kim, Yǒng-jin (1973). Major Powers and Korea. Silver Spring, MD: Research Institute on Korean Affairs. OCLC 251811671. 
  • Matray, James. "Truman's Plan for Victory: National Self Determination and the Thirty-Eighth Parallel Decision in Korea," Journal of American History 66 (September, 1979), 314–33. in JSTOR
  • Millett, Allan R. The War for Korea, 1945–1950: A House Burning vol 1 (2005)ISBN 0-7006-1393-5, origins
  • Oliver, Robert T. Why War Came in Korea. New York: Fordham UP, 1950. Print.
  • Spanier, John W. The Truman-MacArthur Controversy and the Korean War (1959).
  • Stueck, William. Rethinking the Korean War: A New Diplomatic and Strategic History. Princeton U. Press, 2002. 285 pp.
  • Stueck, Jr., William J. The Korean War: An International History (Princeton University Press, 1995), diplomatic
  • Zhang, Shu Guang (1992). "Deterrence and Strategic Culture: Chinese-American Confrontations, 1949-1958". Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. ISBN 0-8014-2751-7. 



  • Blair, Clay (1987). "The Forgotten War". New York, NY: Times Books. ISBN 0-8129-1670-0. 
  • Goulden, Joseph C (1983). Korea: The Untold Story of the War. New York: McGraw-Hill. p. 17. ISBN 0-07-023580-5. 
  • Halberstam, David (2007). "The Coldest Winter – America and the Korean War". New York, NY: Hyperion. ISBN 978-1-4013-0052-4. 
  • Hanley, Charles J.; Choe, Sang-Hun; Mendoza, Martha (2001). The Bridge at No Gun Ri: A Hidden Nightmare from the Korean War. New York: Henry Holt and Company. ISBN 0-8050-6658-6. 
  • Hastings, Max. The Korean War (1987). British perspective
  • Hickey, Michael, The Korean War: The West Confronts Communism, 1950–1953 (London: John Murray, 1999) ISBN 0-7195-5559-0 ISBN 9780719555596
  • MacDonald, Callum A. (1986). Korea: The War Before Vietnam. New York: Free Press. ISBN 0-02-919621-3. 
  • Malkasian, Carter (2001). The Korean War, 1950–1953. Essential Histories. London; Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn. ISBN 1-57958-364-4. 
  • Millett, Allan R. (2010). "The War for Korea, 1950-1951: They Came From the North". Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas. ISBN 978-0-7006-1709-8. 
  • O'Ballance, Edgar. Korea: 1950–1953. Hamden: Archon, 1969. Print.
  • Stein, R. Conrad (1994). The Korean War: "The Forgotten War". Hillside, NJ: Enslow Publishers. ISBN 0-89490-526-0. 
  • Stokesbury, James L (1990). A Short History of the Korean War. New York: Harper Perennial. ISBN 0-688-09513-5. 
  • Srivastava, M. P. The Korean Conflict: Search for Unification. New Delhi: Prentice-Hall of India, 1982. Print.

British Commonwealth

  • Bercuson, David J. (1999). "Blood on the Hills: the Canadian Army in the Korean War". Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press. ISBN 0-8020-0980-8. 
  • Johnston, William (2003). "A War of Patrols: Canadian Army Operations in Korea". Vancouver: UBC Press. ISBN 0-7748-1008-4. 


  • (French) Crahay, Albert (1985). "The Brown Berets in Korea 1950-1953 (Béréts Bruns en Corée 1950-53)". Brussels: Editions J.M. Collet. 
  • (French) (Dutch) Crahay, Albert. "The Belgians in Korea (Les Belges en Corée / De Belgen in Korea)". 
  • (French) (Dutch) Verhaegen, Benoît (1999). "A Season in Korea: From the "Kamina" to the Imjin (Une Saison en Corée: Du " Kamina " à Imjin / Operatie in Korea: Van ‘Kamina’ naar Imjin)". Brussels: Editions Racine. ISBN 2-87386-164-9. 
  • (French) (Dutch) Tobback, André. "In Korea 1952-1953: At the front with 2 platoon, B company (En Corée : 1952-53 – Au front avec la 2ème peloton de la compagnie B / In Korea : 1952-1953 - Aan het front met het 2de peloton va, de compagnie B)". 
  • (Dutch) de Wit, Franz (2003). "BELGIANS CAN DO TOO! Korea 15 July 1951 - 15 July 1952 (BELGIANS CAN DO TOO: Korea 15 Juli 1951 - 15 Juli 1952)". Brussels: De Krijger. 
  • (Dutch) Pontzeele, Didier (2004). "GOODNIGHT IRENE: The Korean War diary of Marcel Fichefet (GOODNIGHT IRENE: Het Koreaans oorlogsdagboek van Marcel Fichefet)". Brussels: De Krijger. 
  • (French) (Dutch) Peerlinck, Hugo. "Chronicle of the Belgian Battalion in Korea 1950-1955 (Chronique du Bataillon Belge Corée 1950-55 / Kroniek Van Het Belgisch Koreabataljon 1950-1955)". Brussels: Editions Flyingpencil. 
  • (Dutch) Peerlinck, Hugo. "Album of the Belgian Battalion in Korea 1950-1955 (Album van het Belgisch Koreabataljon 1950-1955)". Brussels: Editions Flyingpencil. 
  • (French) Gahide, Jean-Pierre (1991). Belgium and the Korean War: 1950-1955 (La Belgique et la guerre de Corée: 1950-1955). Brussels: Koniklijk Legermuseum. ISBN 9782870510100. 


  • (Chinese) Xue, Yan (徐焰) (1990). "First Confrontation: Reviews and Reflections on the History of War to Resist America and Aid Korea (第一次较量:抗美援朝战争的历史回顾与反思)". Beijing: Chinese Radio and Television Publishing House. ISBN 7-5043-0542-1. 
  • Zhang, Shu Guang (1995). "Mao's Military Romanticism: China and the Korean War, 1950-1953". Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas. ISBN 0-7006-0723-4. 


  • Skordiles, Komon. "Kagnew, the story of the Ethiopian fighters in Korea, 1954". 

South Korea

United States

  • Alexander, Bevin R. (1986). "Korea: The First War We Lost". New York, NY: Hippocrene Books, Inc. ISBN 978-0-87052-135-5. 
  • Fehrenbach, T.R. (2001). "This Kind of War: The Classic Korean War History – Fiftieth Anniversary Edition". Potomac Books Inc.. ISBN 978-1-57488-334-3. 

Prisoners of war

  • Bassett, Richard M. And the Wind Blew Cold: The Story of an American POW in North Korea. Kent State U. Press, 2002. 117 pp.
  • Biderman, Albert D. (1963). "March to Calumny: The Story of American POW's in Korea". New York, NY: The Macmillan Company. OCLC 4956442. 
  • Cunningham, Cyril (2000). "No Mercy, No Leniency: Communist Mistreatment of British Prisoners of War in Korea". Barnsley, South Yorkshire: Leo Cooper. ISBN 0-85052-767-8. 
  • Heo, Man-ho, "North Korea's Continued Detention of South Korean POWs since the Korean and Vietnam Wars" Korea Journal of Defense Analysis (2002) Vol. XIV No. 2; pp. 141–165;
  • Kinkhead, Eugene (1981). "In Every War But One". Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. ISBN 0-313-23113-3. 
  • Lech, Raymond B. (2000). "Broken Soldiers". Chicago, IL: University of Illinois. ISBN 0-252-02541-5. 
  • Yoo, Young-Bok (2012). "Tears of Blood: A Korean POW's Fight for Freedom, Family and Justice". Los Angeles, CA: Korean War POW Affairs-USA. ISBN 978-1479383856. 

Unit history

  • Bowers, William T.; Hammong, William M.; MacGarrigle, George L. (2005). "Black Soldier, White Army: The 24th Infantry Regiment in Korea". Honolulu, Hawaii: University Press of the Pacific. ISBN 978-1-4102-2467-5. 
  • Hayhurst, Fred (2001). "Green Berets in Korea: The Story of 41 Independent Commando – Royal Marines". New York, NY: Vanguard Press. ISBN 1-903489-12-1. 
  • (Chinese) Guo, Bao Heng (郭宝恒); Hu, Zhi Yuan (胡支援) (1996). "Gallop Across the Han River: 42nd Corps in Korea (驰骋汉江南北 : 四十二军在朝鲜)". Shenyang, China: Liaoning People's Publishing House. ISBN 7-205-03506-6. 
  • (Chinese) Jiang, Yong Hui (江拥輝) (1989). "38th Corps in Korea (三十八军在朝鲜)". Shenyang, China: Liaoning People's Publishing House. ISBN 7-205-00630-9. 
  • Villahermosa, Gilberto N. (2009). "Honor and Fidelity: The 65th Infantry in Korea, 1950-1953". Washington, D.C.: United States Army Center of Military History. Retrieved 2010-11-09. 
  • (Chinese) Wu, Xin Quan (吳信泉); Wang, Zhao Yun (王照运) (1996). "1000 Days on the Korean Battlefield: 39th Corps in Korea (朝鲜战场1000天 : 三十九军在朝鲜)". Shenyang, China: Liaoning People's Publishing House. ISBN 7-205-03504-X. 

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