This book penetrates the veil surrounding the Korean conflict and North Korea's missile and nuclear programmes. It provides a thorough historical analysis of relations between the two Koreas since the Korean War, which traces both North Korea's path to economic ruin and South Korea's transition from struggling dictatorship to vibrant democracy.
Korea Press Reviews
Students in particular will welcome this timely book. International Affairs Bluth offers a brilliant assessment of an enduring paradox. The Cold War turned Hot back in 1950 over Korea, and this was where the UN first tested its post-World War II doctrines, leaving no resolution between the two rival states, North Korea and South Korea. With no peace treaty, the Korean War never officially ended, and in 2006 when the North announced it was now a nuclear state we once again stared into an abyss known as the DMZ. Bluth's book is indispensable reading for those who want to understand why Korea should concern us all. Keith Howard, SOAS, University of London This book is the most up-to-date historical account and thoughtful analysis of the on-going North Korean nuclear weapons program. It is an important addition to the existing literature in developing a deep understanding of the nuclear crisis on the Korean peninsula. Woosang Kim, Yonsei University