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Donald Gregg, A Plot Twist in Korea’s Story

Donald Gregg, A Plot Twist in Korea’s Story

(This book review is co-published by 38 North and Global Asia.) THROUGH various means I recently came into possession of a book, Bound by Destiny: Donald Gregg, Kim Dae-jung and Turning Points in the US-ROK Alliance, with a small envelope affixed to the cover. It was too cold to sit outside, so the next day I took the book to the Ongnyu [...]

Book Review: “Visual Politics and North Korea”

Book Review: “Visual Politics and North Korea”

Visual Politics and North Korea: Seeing is Believing By David Shim. London and New York: Routledge, 2014. 171 pp. David Shim’s new book represents a groundbreaking intervention—not in the study of the country named in the book’s title, Visual Politics and North Korea, but in the study of how we come to know a country known as unknowable. [...]

Book Review: “THE REAL NORTH KOREA”

Book Review: “THE REAL NORTH KOREA”

THE REAL NORTH KOREA: LIFE AND POLITICS IN THE FAILED STALINIST UTOPIA By Andrei Lankov. Oxford University Press, April 2013. 304 pp.  Andrei Lankov provides a very readable and absorbing introduction to North Korea in The Real North Korea, Life and Politics in the Failed Stalinist Utopia. The author combines a sweeping overview of North [...]

Book Review: A CAPITALIST IN NORTH KOREA

Book Review: A CAPITALIST IN NORTH KOREA

A CAPITALIST IN NORTH KOREA: My seven years in the Hermit Kingdom, by Felix Abt. Amazon Digital Services, Inc., 2012. ISBN (ePub Edition): 978-1-937572-92-1. A CAPITALIST IN NORTH KOREA is Swiss entrepreneur Felix Abt’s account of his work and life in the DPRK, 2002-2009. As Jim Hoare did in North Korea in the 21st Century, Abt draws [...]

In Deep Denial on North Korea

In Deep Denial on North Korea

Book Review:  Obama and China’s Rise: An Insider’s Account of America’s Asia Strategy By Jeff Bader, Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, 2012. 171 pp. The Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Future By Victor Cha, New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2012. 530 pp. “History is bunk,” Henry Ford once proclaimed. [...]

“The Orphan Master’s Son”: No Window

“The Orphan Master’s Son”: No Window

The range of topics for authors is endless, the techniques of story telling as diverse as the stars in the sky, limited only by what eyes can see—with or without reading glasses—and the public’s brain can comprehend. All of this applies in spades to Adam Johnson’s new book, The Orphan Master’s Son. Many readers are blown away by its [...]

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Credit for photo of young North Korean girl: T.M. All rights reserved, used with permission.