The Impossible State, Updated Edition: North Korea, Past and Future

The Impossible State, Updated Edition: North Korea, Past and Future

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Author/Contributor(s): Cha, Victor
Publisher: Ecco Press
Date: 10/23/2018
Binding: Paperback
Condition: NEW

"Drawing upon his unique and deep academic work and policy experience, Victor Cha has produced one of the most astute, insightful, and lucid texts on North Korea. Simply put, this book is a must-read for all--experts and casual observers alike--interested in developments on the Korean Peninsula." --MARK LIPPERT, former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea and Senior Advisor, Center for Strategic and International Studies

In The Impossible State, seasoned international-policy expert and lauded scholar Victor Cha pulls back the curtain on provocative, isolationist North Korea, providing our best look yet at its history and the rise of the Kim family dynasty and the obsessive personality cult that empowers them. Cha illuminates the repressive regime's complex economy and culture, its appalling record of human rights abuses, and its belligerent relationship with the United States, and analyzes the regime's major security issues--from the seemingly endless war with its southern neighbor to its frightening nuclear ambitions--all in light of the destabilizing effects of Kim Jong-il's death and the transition of power to his unpredictable heir.

Ultimately, this engagingly written, authoritative, and highly accessible history warns of a regime that might be closer to its end than many might think--a political collapse for which America and its allies may be woefully unprepared.