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The ongoing conflict between North Korea and South Korea is the legacy of the Korean War, which can help explain relations between the two countries. In a new book, historian Victor Davis Hanson discusses how the strategies of U.S. Gen. Matthew Ridgway helped to turn around what appeared to be "a lost war."
Hanson, author of <em>The Savior Generals</em>, tells NPR's Neal Conan that although the three-year war "ended right where it began," it did allow for South Korea to flourish as a democracy.
Conan also speaks with retired Marine Gen. Bernard Trainor about what it was like fighting on the ground in Korea, and about the continued U.S. military presence in the region.