North Korea: Another Country (Google eBook)

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The New Press, Dec 13, 2013 - HISTORY - 256 pages
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Depicted as an insular and forbidding police state with an “insane” dictator at its helm, North Korea—charter member of Bush’s “Axis of Evil”—is a country the U.S. loves to hate. Now the CIA says it possesses nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons, as well as long-range missiles capable of delivering them to America’s West Coast.

But, as Bruce Cumings demonstrates in this provocative, lively read, the story of the U.S.-Korea conflict is more complex than our leaders or our news media would have us believe. Drawing on his extensive knowledge of Korea, and on declassified government reports, Cumings traces that story, from the brutal Korean War to the present crisis. Harboring no illusions regarding the totalitarian Kim Jong Il regime, Cumings nonetheless insists on a more nuanced approach. The result is both a counter-narrative to the official U.S. and North Korean versions and a fascinating portrayal of North Korea, a country that suffers through foreign invasions, natural disasters, and its own internal contradictions, yet somehow continues to survive.


  

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Review: North Korea: Another Country

User Review  - Valarie - Goodreads

I hate leaving a book unfinished, but after reading the first half of this very long editorial, I couldn't justify the time it would take to read the rest. Published in 2003, a lot of the information ... Read full review

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User Review  - Stephen Naish - Goodreads

Still one of the best introductions to North Korea, its people, its politics and ruling elite. Slightly dated now, but then North Korea is still in a 50's Cold War bubble so really... Read full review

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Contents

Title Page
Chapter One
FIRST ACT AND SEQUEL
Chapter FourDAILYLIFE INNORTH KOREA
Chapter FiveTHEWORLDS FIRST
Chapter Six BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL AMERICAN FAILURES
RECOMMENDED READING
Copyright
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Bruce Cumings is a writer, educator, and expert on Asian history and international relations. He earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1975. Cumings taught history and politics at Northwestern University and served as director of Northwestern's Center for International and Comparative Studies. His studies of Korea resulted in several books, including Korea's Place in the Sun and a two-volume set, The Origins of the Korean War. Cumings served as a historical consultant to a Thames Television production, Korea: The Unknown War. He recounted censorship problems the production faced from the Public Broadcasting System upon its release in the book War and Television. Cumings is the Norman and Edna Freehling Professor of History at the University of Chicago.

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