The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves and Why It Matters
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The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves and Why It Matters

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by B. R. Myers
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1933633913

ISBN-13: 9781933633916

Pub. Date: 01/26/2010

Publisher: Melville House Publishing

"Myers renders great service to the global foreign policy establishment with his lucid and well documented profile of the North Korean polity. If only it were made mandatory reading for all the stakeholder leaders, particularly the American establishment, who feel compelled to deal politcally with North Korea."
—MIKE GRAVEL, US Senator

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"Myers renders great service to the global foreign policy establishment with his lucid and well documented profile of the North Korean polity. If only it were made mandatory reading for all the stakeholder leaders, particularly the American establishment, who feel compelled to deal politcally with North Korea."
—MIKE GRAVEL, US Senator 1969-1981

What do the North Koreans really believe? How do they see themselves and the world around them?

Here B.R. Myers, a North Korea analyst and a contributing editor of the 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, romanace novels and other artifacts of the personality cult, Myers analyzes 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 ideologies were schooled.

What emerges is a regime completely unlike the West's perception of it. This is neither a bastion of Stalinism nor a Confucian patriarchy, but a pranoid nationalist, "military-first" state on the far right of the political spectrum.

Since popular support for the North Korean regime now derives almost exclusively from pride in North Korea military might, Pyongyang can neither be cajoled nor bullied into giving up its nuclear program. The implications of US foreign policy—which has hitherto treated North Korea as the last outpost of the Cold War—are as obvious as they are troubling. With North Korea now calling for a "blood reckoning" with the "Yankee jackals," Myers's unprecedented analysis could not be more timely.

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ISBN-13:
9781933633916
Publisher:
Melville House Publishing
Publication date:
01/26/2010
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)

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The Cleanest Race 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Podo More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. 
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You can tell the author did a lot of research I recommend !!