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North Korea/South Korea: U.S. Policy at a Time of Crisis (Open Media Books)
by John Feffer (Goodreads Author)
The Korean peninsula, divided for more than fifty years, is stuck in a time warp. Millions of troops face one another along the Demilitarized Zone separating communist North Korea and capitalist South Korea. In the early 1990s and again in 2002-2003, the United States and its allies have gone to the brink of war with North Korea. Misinterpretations and misunderstandings ar ...more
Paperback, 199 pages
Published September 20th 2003 by Seven Stories Press
(first published 2003)
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Fascinating, and nicely concise. But take with grains of salt: it's dated. Also, amidst the chaotic mix of opinions on N. Korea, it's unclear whose views merit greater weight: native/ethnic Koreans, or smart experts on Korea. Feffer's an expert; he's not Korean (hence lacks direct subjective insight into intense feelings stirred by division and unification rhetoric). But his mini-treatise is readable and gives an interesting counterpoint to media sound bites.
John Feffer is co-director of Foreign Policy in Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. He is the author of several books, including North Korea, South Korea. His essays have been published in the New York Times, The Boston Globe, and elsewhere. He had been interviewed by CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, Democracy Now! and other international news media.More about John Feffer...