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Impossible State - North Korea, Past and Future

Impossible State - North Korea, Past and Future

of: Victor Cha

HarperCollins, 2012

ISBN: 9780062200150

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Price: 9,99 EUR



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Impossible State - North Korea, Past and Future


 

The definitive account of North Korea, its veiled past and uncertain future, from the former Director for Asian Affairs at the National Security CouncilThough it is much discussed and often maligned, precious little is known or understood about North Korea, the world's most controversial and isolated country. In The Impossible State, seasoned international-policy expert and lauded scholar Victor Cha pulls back the curtain, providing the best look yet at North Korea's history, the rise of the Kim family dynasty, and the obsessive personality cult that empowers them. He illuminates the repressive regime's complex economy and culture, its appalling record of human-rights abuses, and its belligerent relationship with the United States, and analyzes the regime's major security issuesfrom the seemingly endless war with its southern neighbor to its frightening nuclear ambitionsall in light of the destabilizing effects of Kim Jong-il's recent death. How this enigmatic nation-stateone that regularly violates its own citizens' inalienable rights and has suffered famine, global economic sanctions, a collapsed economy, and near total isolation from the rest of the worldhas continued to survive has long been a question that preoccupies the West. Cha reveals a land of contradictions, one facing a pivotal and disquieting transition of power from tyrannical father to inexperienced son, and delves into the ideology that leads an oppressed, starving populace to cling so fiercely to its failed leadership. With rare personal anecdotes from the author's time in Pyongyang and his tenure as an adviser in the White House, this engagingly written, authoritative, and highly accessible history offers much-needed answers to the most pressing questions about North Korea and ultimately warns of a regime that might be closer to its end than many might thinka political collapse for which America and its allies may be woefully unprepared.