POWS played a powerful role in the Korean War. Learn more on this edition of APA.
On Thursday August 7th, our host Allen Ruff was joined by historian Chip Young to discuss his remarkable new book, Name, Rank and Serial Number – Exploiting Korean War POWs at Home and Abroad.
“The work: Examines how the Korean War became a prolonged struggle over POWs. Highlights the irony of Americans staying captive longer so that Chinese and North Korean prisoners could be forced into renouncing repatriation. Shows how ex-POWs were used in Army propaganda to chastise the nation for raising men unable to withstand captivity. Argues that the dispute in peace talks over repatriation helps explain why the Korean War was forgotten. Exposes the phenomenon of “brainwashing” as a hoax created by the CIA.”– Oxford University Press