Shattered by the Wars

But Sustained by Love

Non-Fiction - Memoir
258 Pages
Reviewed on 06/06/2015
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Author Biography

Born in Seoul, Korea, educated in the U.S. with a Ph.D. in electrical engineering, worked for IBM for 19 years, and taught at San Jose State University for 15 years.

After retiring from the university in 2002, as one who lived through the four political systems and the two wars, he decided to spend his remaining years to share his 'I hate war' message through writing.

In November, 2013, I self-published Shattered by the Wars (but Sustained by Love), which was formally published by Christine F. Anderson Publishing Co in September, 2015. It is available at Barnes and Noble, Costco, Target and Walmart.

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Roy T. James for Readers' Favorite

Shattered by the Wars: But Sustained by Love by Hi-Dong Chai is the story a Korean boy tells in his own words of his childhood at the time of World War II, the Korean War, communism and associated turbulence. The disturbances in his life are further accentuated by his religious background and the constant interference by the authorities. To compound their miseries further, Dong’s brother, the smartest and the brightest one in the family, decides to become a communist. One day Dong finds his father being abducted. Both mother and son are forced to abandon their home. Added to this is the uncertainty of the future. Dong’s excitement at finding a job for himself, though non-paying, as a fish cleaner, searching for his mother and finally reuniting with her, teaching Korean to an American boy, and many other incidents are movingly narrated.

Shattered by the Wars: But Sustained by Love by Hi-Dong Chai is a story celebrating the hope of the future. The indomitable human spirit of the mother and her son will leave a long lasting impression on the reader. The dangers of totalitarian thinking, supported by whatever form of government, can be identified in the events and occurrences described in this book; all those who read this will realize that anyone could have been in Hi-Dong’s position. The narration and the honest rendition of events are quite absorbing. I found it difficult to put down the book.

Hi-Dong Chai, author

Americans should read Shattered by the Wars to appreciate how fortunate they are to live in America where no foreign soldiers walk the streets with bayonets on their shoulders and tell them what god to worship, what language to speak, what flag to fly... Let us keep America to be the bulwark for liberty and justice not only for Americans but for all the people in the world.