overshadowed by World War II’s “greatest generation” and the more vocal
veterans of the Vietnam era, Korean War veterans remain relatively invisible in
the narratives of both war and its aftermath. Upon returning home, Korean War
veterans struggled with home front attitudes toward the war, faced employment
and family dilemmas, and wrestled with readjustment. In the Shadow of the
Greatest Generation not only gives voice to those Americans who served in the
“forgotten war” but chronicles the larger personal and collective consequences
of waging war the American way.
book is the best, but also about the first, comprehensive study of American
veterans of the Korean War. It is deeply researched in primary sources . . .
Clear and concise writing, sharp exposition, and keen sensitivity to issues of
race, gender and class will make this book useful in the classroom." --Bruce
Cummings, The Journal of American History
349 pages, Melinda L. Pash]