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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, April 8, 2012
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This review is from: The Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Future (Hardcover)
Timely and important book. If you are interested in North Korea, or want to know more about North Korea, buy and read this book today. Victor Cha writes well, and the prose is lean and sparkling, and free of academic jargon. Cha, an academic who teaches at Georgetown, joined the Bush administration and worked at the NSC during the Bush Administration. Cha gives concise historial background necessary to understand what is going on today. Sprinkled throughout are Cha's reflection of his own experience of working on North Korean affairs at the NSC, as well as his visits to North and South Korea (There are some surprising insights offered re President Bush). Cha's tone is measured. This book is suitable for the general reader who know nothing about Korea (other than CNN news bulletins), as well as those who have been following North Korea, but want to know more. This book is far superior to anything on North Korea written by Bruce Cumings. Time required to finish the book: 25 hours or 6 reading sessions.
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