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D DAY Through German Eyes 2 eEcame a nuclear power on Cha s watch how can that be regarded as anything but a profound failure I found few books on North Korea in the rather large two floor Barnes and Noble store in my neighborhood and this was the only one in the Current Affairs section So this definitely fills a need all the given how much North Korea is currently in the news Cha says his purpose in the book was to give Americans needed context by telling us of North Korea s history the rise of the Kim family dynasty the repressive regime s complexconomy and culture Cha is particularly ualified to be a guide A scholar on Korean affairs he has direct policy Baroque Personae experience dealing with Pyongyang as the Director of Asian Affairs in the National Security Council from 2004 to 2007 under Bush Cha negotiated with the regime as part of the Six Party Talks on the nuclear issue At times he seemed a bit defensive about Bush s policy but to me he otherwise read as thorough and fair and there is anxtensive Notes in the back sourcing his facts And Democratic Art even if he s clearyed about the brutality of the regime I wouldn t describe him as a hawk he s also aware and Did the Greeks Believe in Their Myths? educates the reader about the reasons to act with caution The bookngrossed me from the beginning specially given Cha displayed both a sense of humor and insight in his first hand observations from the first chapters There were some dry policy wonk only parts particularly in the chapter about diplomatic fforts surrounding the nuclear issue but otherwise I found the book fascinating My first surprise I felt I should have known this but it came as a surprise to me that technically the United States is still at war with North Korea What was negotiated in 1953 was a cease fire not a peace treaty And another shock was learning that the Chinese lost 800000 lives in the Korean War It was a jolt to learn that North Korean school children learn their grammar with such Codependent Forevermore: The Invention of Self in a Twelve Step Group examples as I kill Americans I killed Americans I will kill Americans Even their arithmeticxercises feature such Conscience and Memory: Meditations in a Museum of the Holocaust examples Second surprise was that North Korea was once relatively prosperous compared to it s rival in the South That during the cold war generous aid from both Soviet Russia and Communist China made it both industrialized and gave it a higher standard of living than South Koreaven if now the South has outstripped its GDP by over twenty to one That North Korea is an incredibly repressive regime arguably the least free nation on Conscience and Memory earth was no surprise But a lot of the details of the atrocities committed within and without were a shock I didn t know for instance that in an attempt to assassinate a South Korean president North Korean agents murdered the country s First Lady or that another attempt killed half of South Korea s cabinet or that North Korea admitted it abducted over a dozen Japanese citizens to train their agents It s amazing to me that over the decades a full fledged war hasn t broken out Except that the butcher bill could reach a million lives and as Chaxplains the North Koreans knowing this know they can violate international norms with near impunity and xtort aid to stop rattling their sabers And the chapter dealing with the forced labor camps that rival the concentration camps of Hitler and Stalin for horror are not for the faint of heart I wouldn t say this is necessarily a classic that will be read decades from now which is why I didn t give it a fifth star I didn t think it was well dited I caught a few typos some cliched phrases awkward sentences and some repeated points that could have been Edible Memory: The Lure of Heirloom Tomatoes and Other Forgotten Foods eliminated to make for a tauter book but it is invaluable as an informative book that gives us a sense of an isolated secretive and dangerous country and as just published in April of this year up to date A Comprehensive book the second book in my Korea series AnducationIt would be interesting to know how many diplomats that have worked with North Korea have any hair left Regardless if Pyongyang was cornered or backed itself into their current pathetic state it is clear to Elizabeth I even their allies that the North simply does not understand the modern world or basic tenants of diplomacy Those seem to have receded after sungA great book primarily because the author is impassioned working towardsnding the stalemate and helping the North Koreans I found the first part of the book to be my favorite only because it developed the history and tale of North Korea The chapters on sluggish diplomacy are well developed but maddening Very happy to see we have such highly informed people delicately working this issueThe author is well informed in all things North Korea and makes references to how pop culture views the North s leaders South Park movie It s such an odd thing that this country still xists as it does to this day the children today does to this day the children today to conjugate pastfuture tenses with we killed Americans and we will kill Americans and yet under Sung the country was better off Beyond the fact that the founding father of North Korea spent all of his childhood not in North Korea the most telling lesson on North Korea is that when Khrushchev moted that Stalin was a tyrant monster Kim reacted very badly in that he idolized that man and had hoped to recreate so much of Joseph s ideal in the North It simply reveals so much That the Chinese and Russians have ramped up their Education in a New Society: Renewing the Sociology of Education engagements with Seoul only further tells how left behind Pyongyang really is holding on to the old ideal and the personality cult of Kim Il sung This was a thoroughlynjoyable and ngaging read written by a former adviser the George W Bush whom was party to the ongoing negotiations with the DPRK to abandon it s weapons programmes and westernise itself As opposed to the majority of books on North Korea the Author does not focus solely on the xtraordinary personality cult of the Kim Dynasty The Author prefers to focus instead on the regimes ideology akin to Fascsim and or The Baby Swap Miracle extreme Nationalism theconomy Increased market Liberalisation since 2002 and a willingess on the part of the DPRK to concede that it cannot support it s own people and the regimes on off affair with China The Author also xamines the practical and theoretical underpinnings of the North Korean Juche And Identifies That Whilst Korean Juche and identifies that whilst official state #Ideology Of Self Reliance Is An Oxy #of self reliance is an oxy as it continues to be bailed out by China Russia the World Food Programme and has received aid from Japan and the USA the imposition of the rigid state doctrine from the previous Dear Leader relegates the leadership of the DPRK into xtracting what it can from foreign partners merely to survive The theory of the Juche negates the possibility of putting anything other than the military first The Author also identifies that the key reason for the continued xistence of this failed state is the power struggle and global insecurities of the competing powers ngaged in the Six Party talks In ssence a unified Korea with a market conomy and relative political and social liberty would pose an ideological threat to Communist China Whilst a nuclear war on the DMZ is an option best left unexplored the Excommunication: Three Inquiries in Media and Mediation existence of North Korea acts as a useful bulwark for China against the raging Liberal Democratic regime in the South Thus the reason for the continuedxistence of the DPRK is not due solely to the iron grip that the regime has over it s people but is due in the main to it s border relationships with South Korea China and Russia No no less The book has made for timely reading in light of the acession of the Great Successor in North Korea Kim Jong Un is an unknown uantity having been reportedly Gender Justice educated in the West and now the young and inexperienced leader of an ossified museum piece bound up in it s rhetorical and strategic contradictions The predictable Nuclear tests and rocket launches have continued as have the demands from the leadership of the DPRK for Six Party talks against a backdrop of continued sanctions food aid clandestine Chinese Aid and the suspension of the South Korean Sunshine Policy The Author indicates that this plethora of contradictory messages programmes and sanctions is the raison dtre of the DPRK and the key reason as to why it still Generations and Collective Memory exists to this day Inssence until an international concensus can be reached on what to do about the North Korean problem both the circular narrative and the xistence of the DPRK is assured by pure luck and not judgement This condemns not only the Korean Peninsula to further insecurity but also punishes the civilians living within the North whom are bound to venerate the very ideology which is the cause of their crippling condition Updated Edition 2018. Ne facing a pivotal and disuieting 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 leadershipWith rare personal anecdotes from the author's time in Pyongyang and his tenure as an adviser in the White House this ngagingly written authoritative and highly accessible history offers much needed answers to the most pressing uestions about North Korea and ultimately warns of a regime that might be closer to its From Notes to Narrative end than many might think a political collapse for which America and its allies may be woefully unprepar. It has probably become apparent by now that I am fascinated with North Korea and how such an isolated country can stillxist in this world of Guitar Makers: The Endurance of Artisanal Values in North America ever increasing abilities to communicate with people from around the globe I write this review from my couch in Chengdu China where I just got off Skype with my parents who live in Idaho havemailed several friends back in the States and caught up on world news via a variety of online newspapers I know what I am talking about when it comes to being connected Recently I reviewed Escape from Camp 14 which was a memoir of one man s time in the horrific camps of Northern Korea The Impossible State is uite a different look at the country taking an in depth approach to God's Choice: The Total World of a Fundamentalist Christian School everything from the history of the country to detailed looks atach of the Kim family members who have ruled throughout the last decades to the Hard Bread (Phoenix Poets (Paper)) economy as it is today and why it can t sustain itselfSee the rest of this review and at wwwinsearchoftheendofthesidewalkcom I ve never been big on nonfiction preferring mostly to learn about make believe worlds and characters over the real world and its notable figures But North Korea in all its infinite secrecy and horror holds a monopoly in my mind and after seeing this book featured on The Colbert Report I decided to give it a go There isn t muchlse to be said here other than that this is without a doubt the definitive source of information on nearly very aspect of North Korea from its formation to present day subjects ranging from the country s foreign policy and on and off but mostly on nuclear program to its well documented but still hopelessly shadowy human rights record The author who had several years of xperience working directly with or perhaps accurately against North Korean delegates on the NSC goes into remarkable detail in very chapter to the point where some areas were downright tedious to get through rife with ndless statistical information All said and done though I m a firm believer in the know thy Foraging for Survival enemy rule and this account of the world s largest prison is a must read for anyone seeking information about it beyond the sensationalist scraps of info published on the news North Korea has been dubbed the worst place on Earth and as those who ve read accounts of people who havescaped from this bizarre and horrible place know the moniker is fitting The oppression and menace imposed both internally and Fragments externally by the government of North Korea is thankfully beyond the imagination of most citizens of other nationsVictor Cha sheds a great deal of light on this darkened corner of the world in his highly readable if sometimes slightly repetitive review of the history of North Korea from its foundation in the wake of World War II through the boom years of the Cold War when Kim Il Sung played China and the Soviets againstach other to support the growth and financial success of his nation relative to the chaotic South and into the modern day when Kim s son and now grandson use nuclear weapons development as a cudgel against the US and its allies to maintain their power and personal comfortCha s Foundations of Tropical Forest Biology: Classic Papers with Commentaries experience as a negotiator on the behalf of the US government lends his account an immediacy and personal impact that a typical academic might lack and he brings the underlying drama of otherwise highly formalized and scripted diplomatic negotiations to lifeWhile there are noasy answers for the long suffering people of North Korea nor for its worried and bullied neighbors Cha manages to wind up the book on a hopeful note describing some of the plans that are just being laid into place to deal with the ventual inevitable downfall of the North Korean regime As Doctor Martin Luther King famously observed The moral arc of the universe is long but it bends towards justice Justice for the murdered and impoverished millions of North Koreans as well as the regime s victims beyond its borders will be slow in coming but there can be no doubt as to its arrival Let us hope that Cha is correct and that the future for the Korean peninsula is peaceful and prosperous If you re interested in North Korea who isn t this is a comprehensive look at verything about it its history and its future There are tons of fascinating tidbits about the Hermit Kingdom from the funnyNorth Korean negotiators are apparently uite fond of uoting from Gone With the Wind in the midst of intense discussions to the horrifying babies born in North Korean gulags are sometimes killed by tossing them all into a crate right after birth and simply letting them starve to death The author was President Bush s North Korea adviser and it s pretty clear that a he knows about this subject than probably anyone lse b he is understandably not the greatest book writer uses tons of cliche phrases and c he is annoyingly determined to remind you how great George W Bush was on this issue anyway and how the nefarious media doesn t give him his due Those latter two prevent me from giving it than a liked it rating but I m still very glad I read it and learned a lot I went back and forth on 3 or 4 stars for this but I think 3 is the honest appraisalThis is a very interesting take on the history and culture of North Korea generally from a foreign policy standpoint The author was involved with various diplomatic negotiations with North Korea and was an advisor on East Asia for George W Bush The book has a ton of great information on the arly history of the DPRK its relationships with its neighbors and the bizarre personality cult that follows the Kim family through three generations of authoritarian ruleThere are two reasons it does not arn the xtra star One is the organization The book leaps around from subject to subject in a jarring manner at times and often a subsection of a chapter should clearly have been its own chapter This doesn t affect the veracity or relevance of the information but DOES make following the train of thought difficult at timesThe second reason is the apparent total lack of One Ticket To Texas editing Not in terms of word choice and sentence structure but in consistency I suspect that this book was written in smaller chunks over a long period and then stitched together at a late stage in the process It s hard toxplain Helpmate exactly what I mean but there is onexample in particularIn 2010 the DPRK fired artillery shells at a ROK island called Yeonpyeong The author describes the incident analyzes the fallout and moves on Further into the book he will mention it in passing which makes sense But the way he refers to it is very odd He will say the incident where North Korea fired on a South Korean island or in 2010 when North Korea used artillery to attack a small island in South Korea tc Why not call it the Teonpyeong Incident Or the island shelling incident Something that shows a continuous link with the previous text I think this proves that he did not write the book in order but combined smaller writings It s not A MAJOR POINT I GUESS BUT major point I guess but shows a certain lack of care That or a lack of respect for the reader to remember something that happened 2 chapters agoSo with caveats I do recommend this book I will warn potential readers that is can be very dense at points A great deal of conomic detail and the minutiae of diplomacy But if you are willing to skim a tiny bit it is packed full of great information on a country that is rapidly becoming very important To The World Stage Yet the world stage yet one we know almost nothing aboutEdited I would like to add that there was a bit of an mbarrassing amount of Bush defense in the book The author seemed desperate to xplain why Bush had done absolutely Black British Cultural Studies: A Reader everything right and how he couldn t understand why anyone could possibly doubt the president s motives Keeping in mind that thevents in uestion happened well after the disastrous Afghanistan and Ira campaigns and the possible deliberate misinformation given by the Gypsy World: The Silence of the Living and the Voices of the Dead executive branch in defending the invasion of Ira in particular Bush had by this point hardly shown himself to be some amazing foreign policy planner I don t know why Cha seems so blind to this I don txpect the guy to rant about Bush or anything but he goes out of his way to xpress his mystification at any doubt towards the president s actions The Impossible Book How to Get North Korea WrongI wrote this review when the book came out I ll let you decide if it has held up to the test of timeThe North Korean regime was supposed to have collapsed by now Indeed for years analysts debated not if the regime North Korean regime was supposed to have collapsed by now Indeed for years analysts debated not if the regime fall but whether the landing would be hard or soft Instead it has become a nuclear power and continues to thumb its nose at the world defying the “A meaty fast paced portrait of North Korean society conomy politics and foreign policy” Foreign AffairsThe definitive account of North Korea its veiled past and uncertain future from the former Director for Asian Affairs at the National Security CouncilIn The Impossible State seasoned international policy Crisis and Continuity at the Abbasid Court: Formal and Informal Politics in the Caliphate of Al-Muqtadir (295-320/908-32) expert and lauded scholar Victor Cha pulls back the curtain on this controversial and isolated country providing the best look yet at North Korea's history the rise of the Kim family dynasty and the obsessive personality cult thatmpowers them He illuminates the repressive regime's complex Silvers Edge economy and culture its appall. Estfforts of a succession of American presidents to lure the reclusive state into a constructive relationship with the rest of the worldGeorgetown University professor Victor Cha served one of the presidents who tried to strike a deal with the North Koreans and the one on whose watch North Korea acuired nukes George W Bush Cha is the first member of the North Korea team from Bush s second term to publish a book about his xperiences negotiating with the North which gives him a uniue perspective He was the first Korea specialist and the first Korean American to be the Asia director at the National Security Council NSC and now contributes regularly to the New York Times and the Washington Post making him one of the influential voices on North Korea both inside and outside the BeltwayUnfortunately his book is than disappointing it s just plain awful and a huge missed opportunity Cha not only fails to shed any light on North Korea policymaking during the Bush years he also gets the country completely wrongFor starters Cha tries to spice up his book with his personal xperiences in North Korea but winds up with little than banal travelogues At several points he lambasts CNN Time and broadly the Western media for their shallow depictions of North Korea but he is just as guilty Of the than 700 footnotes fewer than a handful refer to personal interviews or Korean language materials Instead we are presented with Going Berserk endless summaries of English language sources The book lacks the compelling narrative arc of Los Angeles Times reporter Barbara Demick s powerful Nothing to Envy Ordinary Lives in North Korea or the research and rigor of Kongdan Oh and Ralph Hassig s The Hidden People of North Korea Everyday Life in the Hermit KingdomCha s book is also almostntirely bereft of new ideas about how we should understand or deal with North Korea The only new concept I could find is nothing than academic sounding nonsense laborating on a notion he first introduced last fall in the Washington Post Cha describes North Korea as being in the grip of neojuche revivalism or a resurgence of ideology in general and a doctrine of self reliance in particular The problem is that ideological fervor never receded only the slogans have changed Moreover juche has not been North Korea s ruling ideology for years In his maiden speech on April 15 the North s new twenty something ruler Kim Jong un mentioned the slogans military first and a strong and prosperous nation than twenty times He mentioned juche xactly onceAmazingly Cha does not report how North Korea policy was made during the Bush years He writes about what an honor it was to write policy memos for Bush but never tells readers what he actually wrote or how his views might have differed from others in the administration Cha s biggest revelation is that he was doing the dishes when he learned that North Korea was about to test a nuclear device in 2006Cha does not Come Hell or High Water: Feminism and the Legacy of Armed Conflict in Central America even attempt to describe the personal or institutional rivalries between and within the White House the State Department the Pentagon and the intelligence community Forxample Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill is relegated to a minor role in Cha s narrative Autobiography and Other Writings even though Hill was the chief US negotiator with North Korea and was instrumental in what few diplomatic advances the administration can claim and a thorn in the side of administration hard liners like John Bolton Cha s most revealing and colorful stories come from anxcellent book about the Hermit Kingdom s nuclear program former CNN senior Asia correspondent Mike Chinoy s Meltdown The Inside Story of the North Korean Nuclear CrisisThe Impossible State also lacks the circular firing suad uality that made many of the previous Bush administration memoirs at the very least highly ntertaining Cha manages to avoid the introspection of his former boss Condoleezza Rice in her book No Higher Honor or that of former North Korea negotiator Jack Prichard in Failed Diplomacy He papers over the differences between administration neocons like Dick Cheney and pro ngagement pragmatists like Colin Powell but never lets the reader into the process For Cha it seems sufficient to lay all the blame for a failed policy at North Korea s doorstepCha s final chapter is Unbeatable Mind (3rd Edition): Forge Resiliency and Mental Toughness to Succeed at an Elite Level (English Edition) eBook: Mark Divine: Amazon.fr: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l. entitled The End Is Near which while accurately describing the reader s place in the book does not persuasively make the case for the future of North Korea In a New York Times article he wrote immediately after Kim Jong il s death in December 2011 Cha insisted that North Korea as we know it is over Whether it comes apart in the next few weeks or over several months Yet the consensus view in Seoul is that the North Korean state is anything but close to collapse The debate there centers on whether Kim Jong un can pursue reform and opening to the West or whether he will follow in the failed footsteps of his fatherCha believes that like the Middle East last year North Korea is one spark away from a wildfire that will destroy the regime This isither wishful thinking or a reflection of Cha s inadeuate understanding of the institutions and policies that hold the regime together At present or a reflection of Cha s inadeuate understanding of the institutions and policies that hold the regime together At present public s capacity to challenge the government is nonexistent North Korea is a society with an all pervasive security apparatus that nsures the thorough indoctrination of all its citizens virtually from birth A few sparks may begin to fly but the regime s ability to stamp them out remains formidable Inexplicably Cha goes on to acknowledge that he will not be surprised if the regime is still standing a decade from now The title of the chapter should be The End Is Near Or Maybe NotCha s book also represents the latest at tempt to whitewash a presidency that has recently been deemed by a C SPAN survey of presidential historians one of the ten worst in American history The title of Cha s seventh chapter describes what the Bush administration was trying to achieve namely The Complete Verifiable and Irreversible Dismantlement of North Korea s nuclear program Unfortunately the book doesn t tell us what North Korea would have received in xchange for denuclearizing surely a key factor in any negotiation Cha s analysis seems to rest almost Apocalyptic Cartography: Thematic Maps and the End of the World in a Fifteenth-Century Manuscript entirely on the idea that the North Koreans are acting in bad faith While North Korea did violate the terms of the 1994 Agreed Framework by pursuing a clandestine uraniumnrichment program that did not mean the whole deal had to be scrapped The fact remains that the Clinton administration managed to get North Korea s spent nuclear fuel rods from which plutonium can be processed and turned into A bombs put under international lock and key while the Bush administration s arrogant botched diplomacy allowed Pyongyang to get its hands on those fuel rods and then build and test a nuclear weapon Cha argues that the failure of the Obama administration to make any headway is proof that it doesn t Obama administration to make any headway is proof that it doesn t matter who is in the White House That may be true now that North Korea is a nuclear power and the regime feels insecure during the transition to a new Dear Leader It was not true however in 2001 when North Korea still lacked nukes and its officials were ready to move forward with the new Bush teamPerhaps because Cha believes that the North Korean regime s demise is imminent his book is bereft of policy advice This is in sharp contrast to Going Critical former diplomat Joel Wit s definitive account of the first

Korea nuclear crisis in the 1990s Wit managed to get hundreds of formerly secret documents declassified Cha Zero After meticulously recounting the Clinton administration s negotiations with North Korea Wit concludes with a set of lessons that should be reuired reading for all future US negotiatorsLastly The Impossible State would have benefited from careful diting One chapter includes a long and irrelevant digression on the life of one of South Korea s presidents There are also numerous basic factual rrors and inconsistencies The US spy ship captured by North Korea in 1968 the USS Pueblo the only American naval ship still in foreign hands for Infamous example is located in Pyongyang not in theastern coastal city of Wonsan Cha writes that Kim Jong il ruled for thirteen years several pages later the number jumps to seventeen the latter figure is correct Paragraphs are freuently than a page long one monster weighs in at two and a half pagesCha begins his acknowledgments with a uote from President Bush who told him as he was leaving the NSC Thank you for your service to the nation You left it in a better place than when you got here The historical record would suggest otherwise North Korea Ing record of human rights abuses and its belligerent relationship with the United States and analyzes the regime's major security issues from the seemingly Walled endless war with its southern neighbor to its frightening nuclear ambitions all in light of the destabilizingffects of Kim Jong il's recent deathHow this nigmatic nation state one that regularly violates its own citizens' inalienable rights and has suffered famine global conomic sanctions a collapsed conomy and near total isolation from the rest of the world has continued to survive has long been a uestion that preoccupies the West Cha reveals a land of contradictions The Impossible State

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