NO EFFORT SPARED

James Michener didn’t dream up the harrowing story behind the bestselling novel Bridges at Toko-Ri; he was present as the real drama unfolded.Thomas McKelvey Cleaver describes a rescue gone wrong

KOREAN WAR RESCUE MISSION

By 1952, James Albert Michener was one of the most famous writers in America. His collection of short stories, Tales of the South Pacific, became a best-seller shortly after its first publication in January 1947.

Three years later Rodgers and Hammerstein turned it into a beloved and long-lived Broadway musical, then Hollywood took an interest and a film – directed by Joshua Logan – was released in 1958.

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