Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes on the World

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Hutchinson, 2006 - Korea (North) - 327 pages
Asia expert Gordon Chang follows up his controversial success, THE COMING COLLAPSE OF CHINA, with the first book to discuss the full extent of the North Korean nuclear threat, its origins, international implications, and solutions.The United States is the mightiest nation in history, yet for six decades one of the world's weakest states has challenged the superpower and kept it at bay. Today, that country also threatens to change the course of human events with an act of unimaginable devastation. NUCLEAR SHOWDOWN analyses the failed society that has become the gravest threat to America and international order: North Korea. Chang's insightful book reveals the full horror of the crisis threatening to turn Asia into the world's next battleground where millions could die in hours.How can Washington stop North Korea from taking down the American-led international system? No one seems to have an answer. For more than half a century, policymakers have failed when it comes to subjugating Kim Il Sung and his son, Kim Jong Il. NUCLEAR SHOWDOWN proposes a solution that can defuse the standoff once and for all.

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Contents

AN ARSENAL OF AMBITIONS
22
THE PYGMALION OF PYONGYANG
49
COLLAPSE PERHAPS?
70
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Gordon G. Chang lived and worked in China and Hong Kong for nearly two decades. He has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Far Eastern Economic Review, and the South China Morning Post, and is frequent lecturer at universities and other institutions in the United States and abroad. He is author of The Coming Collapse of China.

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