The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves and Why It Mattersby B. R. Myers
Pub. Date: 01/26/2010
Publisher: Melville House Publishing
Here B. R. Myers, a North Korea analyst and a contributing editor of The Atlantic, presents the first full-length study of the North Korean worldview. Drawing on extensive research into the regime's domestic propaganda, including films, romance novels and other artifacts of the personality cult, Myers analyzes each of the country's official myths in turn - from the… See more details below
Here B. R. Myers, a North Korea analyst and a contributing editor of The Atlantic, presents the first full-length study of the North Korean worldview. Drawing on extensive research into the regime's domestic propaganda, including films, romance novels and other artifacts of the personality cult, Myers analyzes each of the country's official myths in turn - from the notion of Koreans' unique moral purity, to the myth of an America quaking in terror of "the Iron General." In a concise but groundbreaking historical section, Myers also traces the origins of this official culture back to the Japanese fascist thought in which North Korea's first idealogues were schooled.
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Table of Contents
Pt. I A history of North Korea's official culture 23
Pt. II Understanding North Korean through its myths 59
Mother Korea and her children 71
The parent leader 93
The dear leader 111
The Yankee colony 151
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This is the best book I've read on north Korea. If you're looking for a history book on the Korean War, this is not it. What this book is, is an unconventional and insightful look at the poeple and gov't of north Korea, how they look at the world, and how the government maintains control. The book changed how I read news articles on the north. The book flips conventional wisdom on its head, as it pertains to how the US and other nations deal with them. I hope the author updates the book to cover the transition to Kim Jong Eun.
Real on the ground info here about a place thats not called The Hermit Kingdom for nothing. The author puts up a lot of support for his thesis that North Korea is not really a communist dictatorship but a nationalist and racial one. Great inside look at how the North's regime and its people view themselves and the world.
A great book for those interested in the mysterious DPRK. It should be noted though that it assumes a certain level of knowledge about the country so it may not suit those new to the subject.
Very good book, a bit disjointed but the information is good. If you have an interest in North Korea this is a good book that gives you a good foundation for it.
You can tell the author did a lot of research I recommend !!