Korean title: Nogunni Tari: Hangukchonjaengui Sumgyojin Angmong
size: 223*152mm; 428 pages. publisher: Inggol, 2003.
In the fall of 1999, a team of Associated Press investigative reporters broke the news that U.S. troops had massacred a large group of South Korean civilians early in the Korean War. Their reports brought to light a story that had been surpressed for decades, confirming allegations the U.S. military had sought to dismiss. It made headlines around the world.
Now the team tells the larger, human story behind the incident through the eyes of the people who survived it. The American side, the green recruits of the "good time" U.S. army in Japan, was made up of teenagers who viewed unarmed farmers as enemies and of generals who had never led men into battle. On the Korean side were peasant families forced to flee their ancestral village, caught between the invading North Koreans and the U.S. Army. Based on extensive archival research and more than 500 interviews with U.S. veterans and Korean survivors, The Bridge at No Gun Ri is an extraordinary account of the tragic events of July 1950, which the world should never forget.
About the Author
Charles J. Hanley, Sang-Hun Choe, and Martha Mendoza were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. Hanley is a special correspondent with the Associated Press international desk in New York and the co-author of two books of nonfiction. Choe, whose work received a special award from the Korean Journalists Association, is an AP reporter in Seoul, South Korea. Mendoza, the recipient of a John S. Knight Fellowship at Stanford, is an AP national reporter in San Jose, California.
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