A Letter From The Publisher, Oct. 16, 1950

John Osborne, senior TIME-LIFE correspondent in the Pacific, who has returned from four months of reporting there, reports a reaction among officers and men of the Eighth Army to one of the stories he wrote that surprised and delighted them. The story was called "The Ugly War" (TIME, LIFE, Aug. 21). It made the point that the war against the Communists of Asia could not be won by military means alone but required political savvy as well. An attempt to win it, as the U.S. was doing in Korea, only by force of arms would court eventual failure and force upon...

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