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Rogue Regime: Kim Jong IL and the Looming Threat of North Korea
Jasper Becker
019517044X
October 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
One of the few reporters to have firsthand experience of North Korea, veteran Asian correspondent Becker (Hungry Ghosts) adds more nuance to a familiar story that the threat of nuclear arms, as well as the world's fifth largest standing army, are part of an attempt to force the rest of the globe to cater to a mad leader's megalomaniacal world. Becker presents a well-fed, unprepossessing Kim Jong Il running North Korea with a cult of personality unmatched in contemporary history, reducing his population to starving anonymous actors in a bizarre personal psychodrama, where "even the mere idea of internal opposition to Kim's rule is regarded as preposterous." Images of this grim state of affairs—which goes well beyond the Orwellian into the Kafkaesque—have been smuggled out over the past few years; how...


Human Remolding in North Korea
Hyung-Chan Kim
076183172X
Sept 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Human Remolding in North Korea offers a comprehensive overview of the historical development of education in North Korea from 1945 through 2004. This study examines major political, economic, social, and cultural changes that have influenced North Korean education. It also explores the nature and characteristics of various indoctrination programs aimed at training children to hate America and American political and military leadership and provides content analysis of major textbooks used in North Korea.


So Many Enemies, So Little Time: An American Woman in All the Wrong Places
Elinor Burkett
0641680422

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Human Remolding in North Korea
Hyung-Chan Kim
0761831738
Sept 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Human Remolding in North Korea offers a comprehensive overview of the historical development of education in North Korea from 1945 through 2004. This study examines major political, economic, social, and cultural changes that have influenced North Korean education. It also explores the nature and characteristics of various indoctrination programs aimed at training children to hate America and American political and military leadership and provides content analysis of major textbooks used in North Korea.


Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader: North Korea and the Kim Dynasty
Bradley K. Martin
0312322216
October 2004
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Under different circumstances, North Korea could be the subject of a Marx Brothers satire, with the elements of a pompous, ego-driven patriarch, a worshipful population, and a general aura of fantasy and illusion. But North Korea has a superbly equipped million-man army and an expanding nuclear weapons program. So this comprehensive examination of this totalitarian society and the two men who have dominated it is often terrifying. For a quarter century, Martin has covered North Korea while working for the Baltimore Sun, the Asian Wall Street Journal, and Newsweek. Using newly available material from Russian and Chinese sources, Martin offers surprising insights into the career and character of both Kim Il-Sung and his son, Kim Jong-Il. He strives, albeit with moderate success, to unveil the reality...


North Korea
Paul French
1842774727
Feb 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
North Korea remains one of the least understood nations on earth; a nuclear enabled "Hermit Kingdom" ravaged by economic mismanagement and reliant on illegal weapons sales, smuggling and counterfeiting for most of its foreign reserves while undergoing a prolonged famine and propped up by aid donations. Not a normal country in any sense of the word, its nuclear weapons program makes it a country whose actions could have global ramifications. This book demystifies North Korea through revealing the daily life of its citizens; the political and economic history of the nation; the reasoning behind the country's combative way of engaging the world and the tentative economic reform process now being undertaken. The prospect of a nuclear North Korea preferring brinksmanship to engagement and negotiation, makes understanding...


Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag
Kang Chol-Hwan
0465011020
September 1902
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
North Korea is among the most opaque nations on earth, its regime noted for repression and for the personality cult of its father and son leaders, the late Kim Il Sung and his successor, Kim Jong Il. Kang Chol-hwan draws from firsthand experience in explaining the repression. After the division of North and South Korea, Kang's family returned to North Korea from Japan, where his grandparents had emigrated in the 1930s and where his grandfather had amassed a fortune and his grandmother became a committed Communist. They were fired with idealism and committed to building an edenic nation. Instead, the family was removed without trial to a remote concentration camp, apparently because the grandfather was suspected of counter-revolutionary tendencies. Kang Chol-hwan was nine years old when imprisoned at the Yodok...


North Korea
Paul French
1842774735
Feb 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
North Korea remains one of the least understood nations on earth; a nuclear enabled "Hermit Kingdom" ravaged by economic mismanagement and reliant on illegal weapons sales, smuggling and counterfeiting for most of its foreign reserves while undergoing a prolonged famine and propped up by aid donations. Not a normal country in any sense of the word, its nuclear weapons program makes it a country whose actions could have global ramifications. This book demystifies North Korea through revealing the daily life of its citizens; the political and economic history of the nation; the reasoning behind the country's combative way of engaging the world and the tentative economic reform process now being undertaken. The prospect of a nuclear North Korea preferring brinksmanship to engagement and negotiation, makes understanding...


Breakout: The Chosin Reservoir Campaign, Korea, 1950
Martin Russ
0140292594
January 2000
Paperback
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Book Review
Martin Russ's controversial book Breakout: The Chosin Reservoir Campaign, Korea 1950 tells the riveting story of how 12,000 Army personnel and Marines fought their way out of an encirclement by more than 60,000 Chinese soldiers. A Marine wounded in combat during the Korean War, Russ writes with a passion for the men who endured freezing temperatures and scaled treacherous mountains while continuing to strike the enemy as they advanced toward safety.

While many accounts of modern war bog readers down in a morass of military and administrative details, Russ's history so clearly distinguishes the various units, locations, and personalities that shaped the campaign that it could easily be compared with the finest novels of battle, including Michael Shaara's The Killer Angels. Expertly moving between American, Chinese, and...



The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding North Korea
C. Kenneth Quinones
1592571697
February 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
In this accessible guide, readers will find unmatched expert analysis of the volatile situation in North Korea, along with answers to frequently asked questions. Covered topics include:

€ North Korea's geography, people, industry, political systems, and government
€ The history of the country, from myths to kingdoms, including Japan's colonial rule and its effects
€ The dictator, Kim Jong Il, and his father, Kim Il Sung
€ The possibility of reunification with South Korea
€ Options for international involvement

About the Author
Dr. C. Kenneth Quinones was the first U.S. diplomat to visit North Korea, meeting North Korean leader Kim Il Sung. He served on the U.S. team that negotiated the Agreed Framework and assisted with its...


Spying on the Bomb: American Nuclear Intelligence from Nazi Germany to Iran and North Korea
Jeffrey T. Richelson
0393053830
March 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Richelson, a senior fellow at the National Security Archive and author of several books on American intelligence including The Wizards of Langley, has written an authoritative and definitive account of U.S. nuclear espionage from the earliest days of atomic research in WWII to the present. Drawing on prodigious research—including newly declassified material—Richelson details the efforts of the U.S. intelligence community to track the nuclear activities of other states. The results of all this spy craft were at best uneven. With abundant technology—aerial reconnaissance, signals intercepts, seismic detection—but few human intelligence resources (HUMINT), the U.S. was consistently surprised by nuclear events in the Soviet Union, China, India and elsewhere. And we're still...


Colder than Hell: A Marine Rifle Company at Chosin Reservoir
Joseph R. Owen
0804116970
August 1997
Mass Market Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
The morning of December 8, 1950, found Marine lieutenant Owen, along with the rifle company he led, fighting his way through "blood-splotched snow" with the temperature at 25 degrees below zero?the beginning of another day in North Korea. Owen's dramatic account of that morning begins this close-focus combat memoir. Rifle company Baker-One-Seven, Owen tells us, "functioned at a primal level: they ate, slept, and fought, and they tried to get warm." What Owen presents here is an extraordinarily detailed and realistic account of combat at the level of individual soldiers and small units, covering the role of infantrymen in war, the dangers they are exposed to, the relations that form among them, what keeps them going, their ingenuity and their daring. Only occasionally and in passing does the author put the action...


The Scariest Place in the World: A Marine Returns to North Korea
James Brady
0312332424
April 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
This powerful narrative by the author of The Marines of Autum is an endearing piece of warrior's nostalgia, written with his accustomed skill by a seasoned writer. Returning to Korea, Brady revisits some of the places where he fought as a Marine platoon commander. In the opening, Brady finds his old battlefield of Hill 749 within sight of North Korean emplacements, although well-defended by a South Korean army vastly improved from what he remembers from 50-plus years ago. The rest of the narrative shifts back and forth, beginning with the author's nerve-wracking stroke to his going to Korea to write the Parade article on which this book is based. As Brady rides through Seoul with skyscrapers on every side, he remembers seeing it in 1951, when there wasn't a building taller than two stories left standing. Fellow...


Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes on the World
Gordon G. Chang
1400062942
January 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
We are now paying the price for ignoring the numerous provocations of North Korea's "totalitarian dynasty," Chang (The Coming Collapse of China) argues, and the cost of that strategic failure, he predicts, will be staggering. Though the book is littered with trite aphorisms and pop culture vocabulary, Chang's basic thesis—that "the success or failure in creating a lasting geopolitical order for this century begins with the world's response to Kim's blatant challenge"—is on target. Arguing against both Robert Kagan's idea of quasi-perpetual American global domination and Francis Fukuyama's famous "end of history" thesis, Chang points out that both America's pre-eminence and the universal appeal of democratic principles are increasingly questionable propositions. Just witness our inability to devise an...

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