Cold War Correspondent ( Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales #11) A Korean War Tale

Cold War Correspondent ( Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales #11) A Korean War Tale
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October 26, 2021
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In 1950, Marguerite Higgins (1920–1966) was made bureau chief of the Far East Asia desk for the New York Herald Tribune. Tensions were high on the Korean peninsula, where a border drawn after WWII split the country into North and South. When the North Korean army crossed the border with Soviet tanks, it was war. Marguerite was there when the Communists captured Seoul. She fled with the refugees heading south, but when the bridges were blown over the Han River, she was trapped in enemy territory. Her eyewitness account of the invasion was a newspaper smash hit. She risked her life in one dangerous situation after another––all for the sake of good story. Then she was told that women didn’t belong on the frontlines. The United States Army officially ordered her out of Korea. She appealed to General Douglas MacArthur, and he personally lifted the ban on female war correspondents, which allowed her the chance to report on many of the major events of the Korean War.

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A Korean War Tale
(Updated: November 24, 2021)
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What worked: I love these graphic novels that touch on historical parts of history without being boring. In this novel, readers are introduced to Maggie Higgins, one of the first news correspondents as she's recording what happened at the beginning of the Korean War.

My own stepfather served in the Korean War and often told me he wished more had been told about what he saw and fought for in 1950. The illustrations help with being not only informative but easy to understand without the reader getting confused. Readers learn how our troops were unprepared for the onslaught of the Soviet's involvement in the Korean war. This is exactly what my stepfather said happened when he served. The writing doesn't flinch at some uncomfortable facts that some tried to withhold the truth of what happened to US soldiers in what at the time was called a 'police mission' and not a war.

I also liked how this novel shows the war through the eyes of one of the first women news reporters at that time. It shows how Higgins went up against discrimination and sexism, but through persistence and determination, she continued to report on the truth even when some tried to suppress her voice. She won a Pulitzer for her stories on combat. There are also some photos in the back of her.

Gripping portrayal of the Korean War told through the eyes of a woman war correspondent that doesn't flinch at some uncomfortable and true facts of what happened. Riveting illustrations made this non-fiction graphic novel engaging.
Good Points
1. Gripping portrayal of the Korean War told through the eyes of a woman war correspondent
2. Engaging with riveting illustrations
3. History told in bite-size illustrations that are understandable without sugar-coating a war often forgotten
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