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The Scariest Place in the World
James Brady
0312332424
Apr 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...


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 in Northeast Asia

074251711X


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Book Description
A country of stark contradictions and puzzles, North Korea exhibits uncanny resilience in the face of external shocks and internal woes, raising important questions of theoretical and real-world significance. This volume offers a major reappraisal of the changing relationship between North Korea and its neighboring powers in the post-Cold War era in both theoretical and practical terms. The contributors examine the complex interplay of global, regional, and national forces that have influenced and shaped the changing patterns of conflict and cooperation in North Korea's relationships with China, Russia, and Japan and with the United States. Within the context of Northeast Asian geopolitics, the book tracks, explains, and assesses North Korea's survival strategies in both the security and economic domains, as well as...


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

Textbook Hardcover
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Kim Il-song's North Korea:

0275962962


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Review
“Thanks to efforts by former Sen. Stephen J. Solarz and others, Hunter's exhaustive study was finally declassified and published in the present form....Hunter deals with virtually every aspect of this regimented "Hermit Kingdom" of a nation.”–The Register-Herald
“This book gives insight into how a powerful and charismatic ruler can influence a strictly layered society and is valuable to any military professional studying Korea.”–Military Review
“One of the strengths of the book is its first chapter....She also does a good job of exaplaining the role of work and membership in a work unit membership impact family life and personal leisure....interesting read.”–Korean Studies Book Reviews

Book Description
Hunter provides a...


The Guest

1583226931


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From Publishers Weekly
Vivid snapshots from the Korean War and surreal encounters with ghosts intersect in this first major U.S. release by award-winning Korean novelist Sok-Yong. The result—threaded with gritty religious and political undertones—is an ambitious exploration of a postwar survivor's chaotic psyche. Rev. Ryu Yosop, an elderly minister living in New Jersey, is stalked by memories of the horrific 52-day massacre he witnessed 40 years ago in North Korea's Hwanghae Province, where his older brother Yohan played a leading role in the carnage. To confront his past, Yosop returns to his hometown of Ch'ansaemgol for the first time since he immigrated to America 20 years earlier. Drifting between the past and the present, among the living and the dead, Yosop yearns to appease and exorcise the spirits that haunt him....


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...


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...


North Korea South Korea
John Feffer
1583226036
Sept 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
North Korea/South Korea is a short, accessible book about the history and politics of the Korean peninsula, with a focus on the U.S. presence. The first of four sections is a snapshot of the status quo. The second section establishes a political and economic context through an exploration of the history of the Korean peninsula, including the Korean War. The third section surveys the current regional political dynamic. The last section concentrates on the shift in emphasis in U.S. foreign policy from engagement under the Clinton administration to containment under the Bush administration. Feffer offers concrete proposals for U.S. policies that could help reduce tensions on the Korean peninsula.John Feffer is the editor of Power Trip: U.S. Foreign Policy After September 11.


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...



Comrades and Strangers
Michael Harrold
0470869763
Aug 2004
Paperback
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Review
“… excellent book…”(British Association for Korean Studies, July 2004)

"North Koreans are too often portrayed as hapless droids; Harrold peels back the last Iron Curtain to reveal their humanity." (Daily Telegraph, 13th November 2004)

“…sheds considering light…” (Far Eastern Economic Review, December 2004)

“..the most revealing glimpse yet of what passes for normal life in North Korea.” (Asian Wall Street Journal, 3rd September 2004)

Book Description
In 1987 Michael Harrold went to North Korea to work as English language adviser on translations of the speeches of the late President Kim Il Sung (the Great Leader) and his son and heir Kim Jong Il (then Dear Leader and now head of state). For...



North Korea
Bruce Cumings
156584940X
Nov 2004
Paperback
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From Booklist
Few books of political commentary are as insightful, outspoken, and even personable as this one. The author feels no obligation to keep his opinions to himself (unlike many commentators, who strive so hard for neutrality that they wind up not saying anything of substance). "I have no sympathy for the North, which is the author of most of its own troubles," he writes at one point, although he does allude to the "significant responsibility that all Americans share for the garrison state that emerged on the ashes of our truly terrible destruction of the North half a century ago." He also asserts, flatly contradicting the prevailing wisdom, that the Korean War, whose armistice was signed 50 years ago, is still the defining event of modern-day North Korea. The book is full of assertions that will challenge readers to...


North Korea: Another Country
Bruce Cumings
156584873X
November 2003
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Few books of political commentary are as insightful, outspoken, and even personable as this one. The author feels no obligation to keep his opinions to himself (unlike many commentators, who strive so hard for neutrality that they wind up not saying anything of substance). "I have no sympathy for the North, which is the author of most of its own troubles," he writes at one point, although he does allude to the "significant responsibility that all Americans share for the garrison state that emerged on the ashes of our truly terrible destruction of the North half a century ago." He also asserts, flatly contradicting the prevailing wisdom, that the Korean War, whose armistice was signed 50 years ago, is still the defining event of modern-day North Korea. The book is full of assertions that will challenge readers to...


Pyongyang : A Journey in North Korea
Guy Delisle
1896597890
September 1, 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
In 2001, French-Canadian cartoonist Delisle traveled to North Korea on a work visa to supervise the animation of a children's cartoon show for two months. While there, he got a rare chance to observe firsthand one of the last remaining totalitarian Communist societies. He also got crappy ice cream, a barrage of propaganda and a chance to fly paper airplanes out of his 15th-floor hotel window. Combining a gift for anecdote and an ear for absurd dialogue, Delisle's retelling of his adventures makes a gently humorous counterpoint to the daily news stories about the axis of evil, a Lost in Translation for the Communist world. Delisle shifts between accounts of his work as an animator and life as a visitor in a country where all foreigners take up only two floors of a 50-story hotel. Delisle's simple but expressive...


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...


Force 5 Recon
P. W. Storm
0060523506
Mar 2004
Paperback
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Book Description

For decades, the oppressive North Korean beast has been secretly building up its arsenal of destruction, waiting for the right opportunity to launch a second full-scale assault on its wary neighbor to the south. That time is now. War looms on the horizon. And all that stands in the way is a small team of U.S. Recon Marines ready to dive into the abyss, weapons blazing. Making their jump just moments before their C-130 transport is obliterated by a missile strike, Team Dogma is stranded in a land of enemies—dogged by the crack-commando squads of the Axis of Evil's most dangerous arm and forced to make split-second life-or-death choices every step of the way. Because only Dogma can prevent the deployment of a devastating weapon that is, even now, locked, loaded . . . and aimed at the heart of Seoul.



North Korea
Eugene Joseph Palka
0072940115
Nov 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Geographic Perspectives: North Korea provides a concise source of information on the physical environment and culture of the country. By examining the region through many of the sub-disciplines of geography – including historical, political, economic, urban, and medical - these guides serve as a framework to better understand current events. Included are color and black and white maps, photographs, charts, and graphs.


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...


North Korea
Claitors Publishing Division
0160611652
Aug 1994
Hardcover
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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 through the Looking Glass
Kong Dan Oh, Ralph C. Hassig
0815764359
September 1, 2000
Paperback
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Book Description
"Oh and Hassig give their readers genuine insight into one of the most bizarre and mysterious societies on earth, at the precise moment when the North Korean tragicomedy appears to be moving toward a denouement. The value and timing of this book could not be greater." - Francis Fukuyama, Hirst Professor of Public Policy, George Mason University "No one can presume to predict the near term future of North Korea-implosion, explosion, gradual assimilation into the Asian community of nations, peaceful reunification with the South, or continuing down the current path of a hermit nation-isolated and struggling to survive. We can predict with certainty that insights into what drives this nation of 23 million people, a focus of U.S. defense planning for 50 years, will continue to be important to U.S. national interests for...


The Two Koreas: A Contemporary History (Revised and Updated Edition)
Don Oberdorfer
0465051626
February 5, 2002
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Oberdorfer first toured Korea in 1953 courtesy of the U.S. Army and returned often on the Asia beat for the Washington Post. In the present volume, his accounts of the conflicts of the last 20 years, appraisals of leaders based on interviews in Korea, Japan, Washington, and Moscow, and incisive policy analysis form a detailed and insightful history of North and South Korean politics and U.S. policy. Particularly engrossing is the analysis of relations between Moscow and Washington and their defiant clients, which turned domestic rifts into world conflict from the 1950s through the potentially nuclear crisis of 1994 and the present famine. The obvious comparison is with Bruce Cumings's commanding Korea's Place in the Sun: A Modern History (LJ 2/15/97). Cumings analyzes the evolution and nature of Korea's political...


Engage and Destroy
Pete Callahan
0515140163
September 2005
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Description
The battlefield changes in North Korea when the city of Tongduch'on comes under attack. Now, Lieutenant Jack Hansen of the American 1st Tank Battalion and his platoon find themselves caught in a brutal street-by-street battle for the city.


Kim Il Sung
Dae-Sook Suh
0231065736
April 15, 1995
Paperback
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Review
"Necessary background for our understadning of this mystic leader and the regime that he built...a major conribution to scholarship and essential reading for anyuone intersted in contemporary Korea." -- Journal of Asian Studies
"Dae-Sook Suh... has to be commended for a thoroughly-researched study of the first North Korean president Il Sum King. Suh has produced a first rate historical study of the North Korean leader, his life and his politics." -- Korean Quarterly

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Dae-Sook Suh . . . has to be commended for a thoroughly-researched study of the first North Korean president Il Sum King. Suh has produced a first rate historical study of the North Korean leader, his life and his politics.

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Negotiating on the Edge: North Korean Negotiating Behavior
Scott Snyder
1878379941
November 30, 1999
Paperback
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Han Sung-Joo, Former South Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs
"The best, and perhaps the only full fledged, analysis of North Korean negotiating behavior and . . . an indispensable manual for those who have the tough luck of negotiating with the North Koreans or others, if any, who are like them."

Donald Oberdorfer, author of The Two Koreas and former Washington Post correspondent
"Snyder focuses a clear and steady light on the little understood topic of North Korean negotiating behavior."

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North Korea : The Paranoid Peninsula, A Modern History
Paul French
1842774735
April 16, 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...

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