North Korea: Another Country

[Book Review] Hands down the worst book on ‘North Korea’ I have ever read (and I’ve been studying Asia and the North since the early 90s).

The second half of the book actually talks about the North. Unfortunately, the first half mainly contains random writings about the author’s personal views on U.S. politics – you’re far more likely to read about Newt Gingrich than anyone North Korean. Incoherent, disjointed attempt by the well-known author to cash in on surprisingly robust interest in North Korea. Don’t waste your money!

The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves and Why It Matters by B.R. Myers is the far better researched, more clearly focused book.


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