Two Koreas: A Contemporary History (Revised, Updated)
Ever since Korea was first divided at the end of World War II, the tension between its northern and southern halves has riveted--and threatened to embroil--the rest of the world. In this landmark history, now thoroughly revised and updated in conjunction with Korea expert Robert Carlin, veteran journalist Don Oberdorfer grippingly describes how a historically homogenous people became locked in a perpetual struggle for supremacy--and how they might yet be reconciled.
"A true public service...a clear and unpretentious journalistic narrative of the past quarter-century's public and behind-the-scenes political and diplomatic efforts to solve the Korea question. It is a well-reported if unfinished story, well told by someone who has been a Korea-watcher for almost four decades.... Probing behind events to reveal the machinations of key politicians, generals, and bureaucrats, often re-creating the dynamics shaping their behavior, is the strength of this book.... Oberdorfer chronicles with impressive detail the pathos of the nuclear crisis and the freezing of North-South relations it precipitated. What emerges from "The Two Koreas" is a portrait of precisely why the peninsula is so volatile: two rivals competing for national legitimacy in a culture where compromise is tantamount to defeat.... Oberdorfer refrains from punditry and predictions, letting his powerful material tell the story." --"The Boston Globe" "[A] lucid, balanced, thoroughly credible account of the last 25 years on both sides of the armistice line." --"The New York Times Book Review" "Riveting.... "The Two Koreas" majestically fulfills Oberdorfer's goal of drawing attention to the role outside powers have played in the two Koreas' history." --"The Washington Post" "[A] gripping narrative... "The Two Koreas" is a masterful analysis of one of the enduring Achilles' heels of US foreign policy." --"Los Angeles Review of Books" "This truly important work will, without question, become the standard against which other books on modern Korea will be judged." --Donald P. Gregg, former U.S. Ambassador to South Korea "Oberdorfer is one of America's keenest analysts of the international scene." --James A. Baker III, former U.S. Secretary of State "[A] fine book.... [Oberdorfer's] gripping narrative should chasten our leaders and inform our citizenry about the continuing perils and costs of America's involvement with Kore
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