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Selling the Korean War: Propaganda, Politics, and Public Opinion in the United States, 1950-1953

Steven Casey


How presidents spark and sustain support for wars remains an enduring and significant problem. Korea was the first limited war the United States experienced in the contemporary period—the first recent war fought for something less than total victory. This book explores how Truman and then Eisenhower tried to sell it to the American public. Based on primary sources, this book explores the government's selling activities from all angles. It looks at the halting and sometimes chaotic efforts of Truman and Acheson, Eisenhower and Dulles. It examines the relationships that they and their subordinat ... More

Keywords: Korean War, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, U.S. Congress, media, war correspondents, Douglas MacArthur, Cold War, Republican Party, Democrat Party

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Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195306927
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306927.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven Casey, author
London School of Economics
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Selling the Korean War


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Part One The War against North Korea, June–November 1950

4 On The Offensive

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Part Two The War against China, November 1950–July 1951

5 An Entirely New War

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8 Why Korea?

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Part Three The Stalemate War, July 1951–July 1953

11 Steady Improvements

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