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INTRODUCTION ; Part 1. THE SOCIETY KIM IL SUNG BUILT AND HOW HE DID IT ; Part 2: TWO DECADES OF CRISIS ; Part 3. THE LOGIC OF SURVIVAL (DOMESTICALLY) ; Part 4. THE SURVIVAL DIPLOMACY ; Part 5. WHAT TO DO ABOUT THE NORTH? ; Part 6. BEING READY FOR WHAT WE WISH FOR ; CONCLUSION
Andrei Lankov is Professor of History at Kookmin University in Seoul, South Korea. A native of Leningrad, he studied in North Korea as an exchange student. His books include North of the DMZ: Essays on Daily Life in North Korea, and From Stalin to Kim Il Sung: The Formation of North Korea, 1945-1960.
[A] probing, clear-eyed study Lankov's is one of the best and most accessible recent accounts of this seemingly outlandish nation. * Publishers Weekly * Superb,.. An engaging blend of scholarship, reportage and memoir, offers striking details about daily life in a country reminiscent of George Orwell's '1984'. * new York Times Book Review * There is no better road map in English than this wise, anecdotally rich and entertaining book. * Richard Lloyd Parry, The Times * [Lankov's] book is an important curative to the unhelpful gaggle of pundits who describe nuclear-armed North Korea as "irrational" or an impenetrable "black box" * Christian Oliver, Financial Times * This is the best all round account of North Korea yet. * Aidan Foster-Carter, Times Literary Supplement * [ The Real North Korea ] provides an extraordinary insight into a state that defies conventional categories of tyranny. * Oliver Kamm, The Times * Lankov offers a nuanced picture of this secretive country, drawing on his own experience and the North Koreans he has interviewed. * Clare Debenham, THE * In his accessible and refreshingly fair-minded new book, Andrei Lankov does a fine job of making sense of the world's most inscrutable state...it is a commanding overview of the country's politics and society, and a significant contribution to policy debates in the United States and South Korea. * International Affairs Journal *