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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books; 1St Edition edition (April 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811717631
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811717632
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #948,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Major Robert Bateman served with the 7th Cavalry Regiment, was associate professor of history at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and is currently an Army fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He resides in northern Virginia.

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Quoting the AP reporters, he shows contradictions in how they claimed to have done their work.
Harry Eagar
If one only reads the concluding chapter of Bateman's book, the flaws so disturbingly apparent in the AP's story are blown wide open.
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This is an excellent piece of military history in general and Korean War history in particular.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Robert Skole on April 15, 2002
Format: Hardcover
"No Gun Ri - A Military History of the Korean War Incident" should be required reading for every journalism school student - as well as for every young working reporter and for every American who values honest media coverage.
This book, by historian and soldier Robert L. Bateman, thoroughly debunks the highly-publicized Associated Press story, published in Sept. 1999, that claimed US troops "massacred" up to 400 civilians in the early days of the Korean War. In April 2000, the AP story won the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. Although serious questions were raised shortly after about the accuracy of the story, AP has insisted its research, sources and facts were accurate and that a massacre was definitely committed at No Gun Ri on July 26, 1950, by troops of the 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment.
Robert Bateman's book, based on meticulous, painstaking research and analyses, details events leading to the action at No Gun Ri and what happened there. He gives solid, overwhelming evidence that the AP story was highly exaggerated, if not completely untrue. He tells how the AP initiated and based its investigations primarily on fabrications of Edward Daily, a self-created "war hero." Daily recently plead guilty in Federal Court of being a fraud and swindler of veterans benefits. Robert Bateman describes the AP story and Daily's role in Part Two of the book, entitled "The Story of the Story."
One minor fault of the book is that the original AP story should have been placed at the very beginning, so as to provide readers with an early reference, an opening gun, so to speak. Instead, the AP story is in the final chapter, which is aptly entitled "Making (Up) History." An appendix has the executive summary of the US Government's investigation into the "massacre" allegations.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 16, 2002
Format: Hardcover
No Gun Ri: A Military History of the Korean War Incident is a excellent work of sound scholarship and public service. In 1999, a team of Associated Press (AP) reported won a Pulitzer Prize for a news story that was not news, and was not entirely true. Robert L. Bateman, though, offers much more than an analysis of the AP story, "The Bridge at No Gun Ri". No Gun Ri: A Military History of the Korean War Incident, which destroys the reputation of both the AP and its misguided historical theorizing, has elements of historiography, military history, and personal narrative.
If one only reads the concluding chapter of Bateman's book, the flaws so disturbingly apparent in the AP's story are blown wide open. But Bateman also uncovered the fraudulent nature behind the four witnesses` story, which formed the core of the AP story. He also documents his efforts to obtain documents through the Freedom of Information Act, and his correspondence with the AP reporters. Not only were the AP reporters creating a news story that was actually an historical interpretation, they scorned Bateman`s, a trained historian, collaboration. Bateman's account of the AP story's "hero", Edward Daily is chilling.
Bateman delivers a neat, detailed reconstruction of the events of July 25-29, 1950, when the 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment killed in self-defense, not as part of a pre-meditated massacre, approximately at most thirty-five Korean civilians, at least two of whom, according to Bateman, were most likely armed South Korean Communist guerrillas. To support his contention, Bateman takes the readers through the history of the 7th Cavalry Regiment, military doctrine, the history of journalism, and Korean history.
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27 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Ralph H. Peters on April 30, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book deserves an enormous amount of attention and a wide readership. Based upon impeccable, tough-minded research, the findings are well presented in a readable style--this is an intellectual page-turner. To the benefit of the American people, Bateman, a widely-respected soldier-scholar, undertook to get at the truth about the widely reported "massacre" of civilians by elements of the U.S. 7th Cavalry during one of the most confused periods of the Korean War. What Bateman discovered was a network of shameless, self-serving lies, told first by a fake veteran then amplified by ambitious journalists who preferred a great story to the more mundane--and complex--truth. Now, I am not a journalist-basher (I'm married to one and I write for various newspapers and magazines myself), and I've been impressed by the quality of most serious journalists who cover defense issues--but the media's failure to castigate the dishonest journalists who won a Pulitizer Prize for their wildly-inaccurate reporting is a blot on the profession. And, in the end, Bateman's version of events may be less sensational, but it is far more humanly compelling. The real story--or stories--have to do with the terrible confusions of war, with the fragmentation of memory, and with the basic challenges of soldiering--as well as with false identities, vanity and disgraceful self-promotion, fifty years later, by men who weren't there, but who decided, from their lofty perch in the press, that they knew better than those who had served. The tale also tells a great deal about the lingering willingness among elements--only elements--of the press to believe instantly the worst accusations against our military coupled with a reluctance to investigate those who level those charges.Read more ›
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