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characters â PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ Victor Cha Victor Cha ↠ 6 Summary Summary The Impossible State ò PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB “A meaty fast paced portrait of North Korean society economy 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 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 that empowers them He illuminates the repressive regime's complex economy and culture its appall. 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 complex economy and culture Cha is particularly ualified to be a guide A scholar on Korean affairs he has direct policy 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 an extensive Notes in the back sourcing his facts And even if he s clear eyed about the brutality of the regime I wouldn t describe him as a hawk he s also aware and educates the reader about the reasons to act with caution The book engrossed me from the beginning especially 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 efforts 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 examples as I kill Americans I killed Americans I will kill Americans Even their arithmetic exercises feature such 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 Korea even 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 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 Cha explains the North Koreans knowing this know they can violate international norms with near impunity and extort 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 edited I caught a few typos some cliched phrases awkward sentences and some repeated points that could have been 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

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