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Dear Leader: My Escape from North Korea

by Jang Jin-Sung

THE STORY THEY COULDN'T HACK: In this international bestseller, a high-ranking counterintelligence agent describes his life as a former poet laureate to Kim Jong-il and his breathtaking escape to freedom.


The Koreans

by Michael Breen

The rise of South Korea is one of the most unexpected and inspirational developments of the latter part of our century. A few decades ago, the Koreans were an impoverished, agricultural people. In one generation...

Divided Dynamism: The Diplomacy of Separated Nations: Germany, Korea, China

by John J. Metzler

Divided Dynamism presents a comprehensive review of the political and unification policies of separated nations. Metzler provides an invaluable record of the dynamics of modern politics in the post-Cold War...

DMZ Crossing: Performing Emotional Citizenship Along the Korean Border

by Suk-Young Kim

The Korean demilitarized zone might be among the most heavily guarded places on earth, but it also provides passage for thousands of defectors, spies, political emissaries, war prisoners, activists, tourists,...

Korean P'ansori Singing Tradition: Development, Authenticity, and Performance History

by Yeonok Jang

In Korean P’ansori Singing Tradition: Development, Authenticity, and Performance History, Yeonok Jang studies the periodical developments and changes in the performance context, vocal developments, singing...

Exodus to North Korea: Shadows from Japan's Cold War

by Tessa Morris-Suzuki

Through travels that range from Geneva to Pyongyang, this remarkable book takes readers on an odyssey through one of the most extraordinary forgotten tragedies of the Cold War: the "return" of over 90,000 people,...

A History of Korea: From "Land of the Morning Calm" to States in Conflict

by Jinwung Kim

Contemporary North and South Korea are nations of radical contrasts: one a bellicose totalitarian state with a failing economy; the other a peaceful democracy with a strong economy. Yet their people share a...

The Culture of Fengshui in Korea: An Exploration of East Asian Geomancy

by Hong-Key Yoon

Hong-Key Yoon's book explores the nature of geomantic principles (fengshui) and the culture of practicing them in Korean cultural contexts. He clearly analyzes the nature and historical background of geomancy,...

Korea: The Impossible Country

by Daniel Tudor

[Long overshadowed by Japan and China, South Korea is a small country that happens to be one of the great national success stories of the postwar period. From a failed state with no democratic tradition, ruined...

To the Diamond Mountains: A Hundred-Year Journey through China and Korea

by Tessa Morris-Suzuki

Following in the footsteps of a writer, artist, and feminist who traveled the route a century ago, To the Diamond Mountains takes readers on a unique journey through China and North and South Korea. By probing...

Historical Dictionary of Democratic People's Republic of Korea

by James E. Hoare

The Historical Dictionary of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea provides a clear and easily understood history of the DPRK, also known as North Korea. It includes a detailed chronology, an introductory...

The Korean War in Asia

by Tessa Morris-Suzuki

This book takes a fresh look at the Korean War by considering the conflict from a Northeast Asian regional perspective. It highlights the connections of the war to earlier conflicts in the region and examines...

Ask A North Korean

by Nk News, Daniel Tudor & Andrei Lankov

Understanding North Korean Through the Eyes of Defectors.

The weekly column Ask A North Korean, published by NK News, invites readers from around the world to pose questions to North Korean defectors. By way...

All Monsters Must Die

by Magnus Bärtås, Fredrik Ekman & Saskia Vogel

In 1948, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is founded by General Kim Il-sung.

In 1978, North Korea celebrates the thirtieth anniversary of its founding, and Kim Jong-il, who at the time is the head...

The Korean Wave

by Dal Yong Jin, Tae-Jin Yoon, Lisa Yuk-ming Leung & Hyeri Jung et al.

Since the Korean Wave phenomenon started in 1997, Hallyu has undergone many changes. Geographically, while Asia has been the largest cultural market for the Korean cultural industries, other parts of society,...

THE TRUE FORCE OF NORTH KOREA: Military, Weapons of Mass Destruction and Ballistic Missiles, Including Reaction of the U.S. Government to the Korean Military Treat

by Andrew Scobell, John M. Sanford, Daniel A. Pinkston & Strategic Studies Institute et al.

North Korea is a country of paradoxes and contradictions. Although it remains an economic basket case that cannot feed and clothe its own people, it nevertheless possesses one of the world's largest armed forces....


by Andrew Geer

Reckless was a horse who became a member of the Marines during the Korean War. She carried ammunition and was cited for her bravery under fire.

Beloved by the Marines, she was decorated and promoted to sergeant....

From Miracle to Mirage

by Myungji Yang

Myungji Yang’s From Miracle to Mirage is a critical account of the trajectory of state-sponsored middle-class formation in Korea in the second half of the twentieth century. Yang’s book offers a compelling...

Spiritual Interview with the Guardian Spirit of New South Korean President Moon Jae-In

by Ryuho Okawa

In May 2017, the day after Moon Jae-in was elected as president of South Korea, Ryuho Okawa used his extraordinary spiritual power (similar to but surpassing Shakyamuni Buddha’s) and summoned Moon’s guardian...

The Gulag after Stalin

by Jeffrey S. Hardy

In The Gulag after Stalin, Jeffrey S. Hardy reveals how the vast Soviet penal system was reimagined and reformed in the wake of Stalin's death. Hardy argues that penal reform in the 1950s was a serious endeavor...