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The impossible state : North Korea, past and future

Author: Victor D Cha
Publisher: New York : Ecco, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Ecco paperback editionView all editions and formats
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Looks at the nation of North Korea, its history, social conditions, and place in world politics as it stands today and where it is likely to end up in the future. In this book the author, pulls back the curtain on provocative, isolationist North Korea, providing our best look yet at its history and the rise of the Kim family dynasty and the obsessive personality cult that empowers them. He illuminates the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Victor D Cha
ISBN: 9780061998515 0061998516
OCLC Number: 852160421
Notes: Reprint. Originally published: ©2012.
"With a new epilogue by the author"--Cover.
Description: xiv, 534 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Contradictions --
The best days --
All in the family --
Five bad decisions --
The worst place on Earth --
The logic of deterrence --
Complete, verifiable, and irreversible dismantlement (CVID) --
Neighbors --
Approaching unification --
The end is near --
Epilogue: The new normal: unpredictable.
Responsibility: Victor Cha.

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Looks at the nation of North Korea, its history, social conditions, and place in world politics as it stands today and where it is likely to end up in the future. In this book the author, pulls back the curtain on provocative, isolationist North Korea, providing our best look yet at its history and 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 issues, from the seemingly endless war with its southern neighbor to its frightening nuclear ambitions, all in light of the destabilizing effects of Kim Jong-il's death and the transition of power to his unpredictable heir. This history warns of a regime that might be closer to its end than many might think, a political collapse for which America and its allies may be woefully unprepared.

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