38 North authors assess information published on the DPRK.
North Korea’s Juche Myth By B. R. Myers. Busan: Sthele Press, August 2015. 289 pp. Analysts often invoke North Korea’s Juche ideology of “self-reliance” to explain everything from the country’s personality cult to its military belligerence. Some portray Juche as a logical result of North Korea’s geopolitical environment, and of the [...]
Act of War: Lyndon Johnson, North Korea, and the Capture of the Spy Ship Pueblo. By Jack Cheevers. NAL, December 2014. 440 pp. If South Koreans were pressed to identify the origin of America's involvement in Korean affairs, most would likely ponder the question a few moments before pointing to the US role in liberating the peninsula from [...]
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 [...]
(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 [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]