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Target North Korea: Pushing North Korea to the Brink of Nuclear Catastrophe

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ISBN-13: 978-1560255574
ISBN-10: 1560255579
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"One of the most important writers in English at work today on all of the countries of Northeast Asia-Korea, China, Japan (and Okinawa) ... [His work on North Korea] has had great influence because of McCormack's insights into North Korean thinking, his refusal to be drawn into Washington's ill-informed cliches about North Korea, and his very powerful historical perspective... McCormack's voice needs to be heard as the U.S once again moves militarily into an area it deeply misunderstands and where resentments against it have festered throughout the Cold War."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Nation Books (February 12, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560255579
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560255574
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,831,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Coyner Thomas Lee on March 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
Writing even a political science book about North Korea without emotion or strong bias is a remarkably difficult task. On the surface the Pyongyang represents what most non-Koreans would instinctively loath. At the same time, there are those foreign writers who have been too uncritical and too willing to give the benefit of the doubt in trying to understand the North's (and South's) logic.

Dr McCormack has somehow been able to steer a remarkable intellectually honest path noting along the way the mistakes and sins of all parties to this ongoing conflict. No one country comes out looking like a champ. Perhaps that is the advantage of writing from an Australian perspective. Regardless, this book is remarkably even-handed and dispassionate without being overly dry.

The book is immensely readable and concise. As a long term resident of Korea and a recognized amateur political analyst, I would recommend this book as an excellent starting point for anyone interested in this subject. I would also suggest this book to any "old Korea hand" who could use an update on this subject as well as a single volume reference dealing with US-Korean relations since 1945.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Brian on July 6, 2004
Format: Paperback
I read this book after Aquariums of Pyongyang to get a better understanding of North Korea's position in world politics. I consider I was very fortunate in choosing this book.
This author challenges typical views of North Korea as simply an evil empire through a very convincing analysis of the political circumstances leading up to the current situation but at the same time he does not defend the regime.
Whereas I suspect other books focus on criticising the DPRK, McCormack is heavily critical of US policy and diplomacy for its role in the current deadlock and the escalating nuclear threat. His insights have greatly helped me to understand current developments and I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to go beyond Washington's over-simplified representation of the state of affairs.
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This book was entirely biased. It seems like the author was blaming the United States for the "oppression" it has caused North Korea. I was totally disappointed in this book.
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