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Book Review: “Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy”

Book Review: “Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy”

Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy. A Memoir by Christopher R. Hill. New York: Simon & Schuster, October 2014. 448 pp. Christopher Hill is an American diplomat with a long career and wide experience, often in dangerous places. His new memoir, Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy, underlines again and [...]

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. [...]

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