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North Korea by Bruce Cumings
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Dec 16, 09

really liked it
bookshelves: critical-essays, politics, read-2009, korea
Read in December, 2009

Awesome. Debunks the standard propaganda about Korea.To understand where and why Korea is where it is now is to look back to "the holocaust that the North experienced during the Korean War [1959-53:].” & holocaust is not an exaggerated term...for instance the number of napalm bombs dropped there outnumbered the Vietnam war. It cannot be understood apart from a terrible fratricidal war that has never ended, the guerrilla struggle against Japanese imperialism in the 1930s, its initial emergence as a state in 1945, its fraught relationship with the South, its brittle and defensive reaction to the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union, and its interminable daily struggle with the United States of America.”
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