The Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Futureby Victor Cha
Former White House official Victor Cha has written the definitive volume on North Korea, arguably the world’s most menacing and mysterious nation. In The Impossible State, Cha, a singular expert on the region, exposes North Korea’s veiled past; sheds light on its culture, economy, and foreign policy; and explores the possibilities of its uncertain future in the post-Kim Jong-il era. A timely and engaging insider’s look at a volatile, and isolationist Asian juggernaut, The Impossible State will carry readers far deeper into this frighteningly adversarial country than they’ve ever traveled before.
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“Ask those who deal with national security what worries them most and at the top of the list or near it you’ll always find North Korea, a place about which we know little to nothing. That’s why Victor Cha’s book is so valuable.”
“The Impossible State is provocative, frightening, and never more relevant than today as an untested new leader takes charge of the world’s most unpredictable nuclear power.”
Meet the Author
Victor Cha served in the White House as Director for Asian Affairs at the National Security Council from 2004 to 2007. He currently holds the D. S. Song-KF Chair in Government and Asian Studies at Georgetown University and is a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.
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This book covers everything about North Korea and the international problems on the peninsula. I have read many books on the topic and this is the best overall read filled with personal details negotiating with North Korea as well as working in government policy. It is easy to read, well organized and insightful. The stories of meeting real people involved in the six party talks make it more easy to understand the complexities of a very difficult situation. The author is straight forward and honest. I am glad my wife told me about it. Highly recommended.
Incredile insight into an incredibly isolated people...and a regime that appears to have no end in sight. The research and personal knowledge of Cho made this the most captivating read I've had in a long time. A great follow-up to this one is The Aquariums of Pyongyang.