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ISBN: 0061998508
Author: Victor Cha
Language: English
Publisher: Ecco; 1st edition (April 3, 2012)
Pages: 544
Category: Asia
Subcategory: History
Rating: 4.4
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The Impossible State" is not strictly speaking a linear history of North Korea

Though it is much discussed and often maligned, precious little is known or understood about North Korea, the world's most controversial and isolated country. The Impossible State" is not strictly speaking a linear history of North Korea. Cha moves back and forth in his narrative between the present, the recent past and the remote past, capturing the history of North Korea and the evolution of . policy toward Pyongyang and its leaders.

In The Impossible State, seasoned expert and lauded scholar Victor Cha pulls back the curtain on this controversial and isolated country, providing the best look yet at North Korea's history.

In The Impossible State, seasoned expert and lauded scholar Victor Cha pulls back the curtain on this controversial and isolated country, providing the best look yet at North Korea's history, the rise of the Kim family dynasty, and the obsessive personality cult that empowers them

The Impossible State" is author, academic, and former National Security Council official Victor Cha's extended analysis of North Korea, both its past and its possible future

The Impossible State" is author, academic, and former National Security Council official Victor Cha's extended analysis of North Korea, both its past and its possible future. Cha draws extensively on his experiences in visiting North Korea and in having negotiated with its officials to present an indepth look behind the official mask; he finds a disfunctional authoritarian state that survives by brutalizing its citizens and bullying its neighbors.

The Impossible State book. In The Impossible State, seasoned expert and lauded scholar Victor Cha pulls back the curtai/ In The A meaty, fast-paced portrait of North Korean society, economy, politics and foreign policy.

Cha is the author of numerous articles, books, and other works on Asian security. In 2012 he published a timely book on North Korea in the wake of Kim Jong-Il's death, The Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Future. He authored Alignment Despite Antagonism: The US-Korea-Japan Security Triangle (1999), which received the 2000 Ohira Book Prize. The book presented a new, alternative theory regarding Japan and South Korea's political alignment despite their historical animosity. In 2012 he published a timely book on North Korea in the wake of Kim Jong-Il's death, The Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Future

North Korea expert Victor Cha’s portrait of the Hermit Kingdom does not bode well for its future. Victor Cha can’t easily forget the desolation he encountered on his first visit to North Korea.

North Korea expert Victor Cha’s portrait of the Hermit Kingdom does not bode well for its future. As the plane taxied on the tarmac, there was no flight traffic to be seen, he writes in The Impossible State. The fields were barren and gray, and during the long drive to his lodgings, he saw only one tractor; he soon discovered that there was no BlackBerry service to distract him from the diplomatic mission he was on for the George W. Bush White House.

The Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Future. In The Impossible State, seasoned expert and lauded scholar Victor Cha pulls back the curtain on this controversial and isolated country, providing the best look yet at North Korea's history, the rise of the Kim family dynasty, and the obsessive personality cult that empowers them.

PDF On Jan 1, 2014, Rudiger Frank and others published The Impossible State: North Korea, Past and . The book is organized into ten chapters. of Cha’s impressions during his only visit to North Korea in 2006.

PDF On Jan 1, 2014, Rudiger Frank and others published The Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Future. a few stereotypes, such as empty roads and inferior facilities.

Despite some limitations, Victor Cha provides the most comprehensive and current book on this paradoxical state. North Korea has often been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons – famine, human rights violations, nuclear, or ballistic missile tests, kidnapping, terrorism and military provocations against its neighbors. The mysterious antics of the ruling Kim dynasty also attract endless speculation as to how they maintain their iron grip over this Stalinist relic of a country. V Cha. Random House, 2012. North Korea and Northeast Asia. VD Cha, CSE Kang, M Lee, RA Manning, M Noland, E Wishnick. Globalization and the study of international security. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2002. The Debate over North Korea. Political Science Quarterly 119 (2), 229-254, 2004.

“A meaty, fast-paced portrait of North Korean society, economy, politics and foreign policy.” -Foreign Affairs

The definitive account of North Korea, its veiled past and uncertain future, from the former Director for Asian Affairs at the National Security Council

In The Impossible State, seasoned international-policy expert and lauded scholar Victor Cha pulls back the curtain on this controversial and isolated country, providing the best look yet at North Korea's history, the rise of the Kim family dynasty, and the obsessive personality cult that empowers them. He 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 recent death.

How this enigmatic nation-state—one that regularly violates its own citizens' inalienable rights and has suffered famine, global economic sanctions, a collapsed economy, and near total isolation from the rest of the world—has continued to survive has long been a question that preoccupies the West. Cha reveals a land of contradictions, one facing a pivotal and disquieting transition of power from tyrannical father to inexperienced son, and delves into the ideology that leads an oppressed, starving populace to cling so fiercely to its failed leadership.

With rare personal anecdotes from the author's time in Pyongyang and his tenure as an adviser in the White House, this engagingly written, authoritative, and highly accessible history offers much-needed answers to the most pressing questions about North Korea and ultimately 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.

Comments:

Reemiel
I have been interested in North Korea for some time now and have read several books, both fiction and non-fiction, about the country. Other books approach the topic from various angles and levels of detail. Frankly, some books are so thick with detail they are impregnable for the general reader. I just wanted a book that would give me a readable, succinct insight into the society in toto, not a minute-by-minute examination of its history. The Impossible State achieves this goal by giving a readable overview of the country without getting hopelessly bogged down in minutia. I highly recommend this book to those of us with curiosity about how this dysfunctional nation operates in this modern world.
MisTereO
I enjoyed this book, I confess some of it was a bit over my head or perhaps too detailed for a more casual reader like I am but I finished it over the course of about 2 weeks of evening reading and I now feel I understand the situation much more then I did when I started. Obviously with North Korea there's a lot we will never know, we can only guess at, but Victor Cha does a very good job of trying to tie all the threads together and explain the vast backstory that has led up to the current situation. I wish there had been a bit more information about the personal lives of the Kim Family, but so does every diplomat, politician and military leader in the world. The truth is nobody knows hardly anything, that's really the whole problem. This is not a light read by any measure, but if you have a serious interest in world politics or the Korean situation its a very good primer on the topic.
Уou ll never walk alone
I have read a number of volumes about North Korea. Perhaps it is a morbud fascination because the country is so far removed from the experience of being an American. This book is really one of the best one volume accounts of North Korean history, politics and culture that is interesting to read and informative.

Victor Cha is a former diplomat and his interest and expertise shows in this truly well-write book. I would say that if you choose to read one book about North Korea, this would be one of the top candidates to read. Truly excellent.
Sirara
I learned a lot about North Korea that I did not know. I was in Jr high during the Korean War and all I remember I mostly got from movies. The big thing I remember was how Truman brought Gen MacArthur home in disgrace and the defiant ticker tape parade in the General's honor in New York. TV had only recently come to our neighborhood in Western PA. and watching, in real time, something happening far away was exciting. People did fear the U.S. getting into a "big" war with China and were relieved when the U.S. got out of the battle.
I knew nothing of the history of North Korea or anything about its people. Even today I just thought of North Korea as a weird place with really weird leaders. And as scary because these weird people could possibly blow up a lot of the U.S.. So I was grateful to learn so much more from this book.
Foxanayn
"The Impossible State" is author, academic, and former National Security Council official Victor Cha's extended analysis of North Korea, both its past and its possible future. Cha draws extensively on his experiences in visiting North Korea and in having negotiated with its officials to present an indepth look behind the official mask; he finds a disfunctional authoritarian state that survives by brutalizing its citizens and bullying its neighbors.

"The Impossible State" is not strictly speaking a linear history of North Korea. Cha moves back and forth in his narrative between the present, the recent past and the remote past, capturing the history of North Korea and the evolution of U.S. policy toward Pyongyang and its leaders. The historical narrative is detailed but accessible to the general reader. It traces how North Korea, which thanks to outside aid was both economically and militarily stronger than the South after the Korean War, but has since become a basketcase dependent on the threat of nuclear war to avoid being ignored altogether. Cha is to be praised for taking an unblinking look at why Pyongyang cannot afford to negotiate away its nuclear weapons capabilities, and why economic reform of its moribund economy might be the undoing of its authoritarian government. Cha is also clear-eyed about the potential costs to South Korea of a Korean peninsula that unifies in the manner of East and West Germany.

Cha's narrative can be repetitive in places, and he not unnaturally feels compelled to defend the record of the Bush administration in its dealings with North Korea. However, these features are minor blemishes in a very insightful book on North Korea, recommended to the general reader and the student.
Redfury
It took me a long time to get through this book. The author presents a great deal of information in a somewhat confusing way. I think a good editor could probably help clean it up a bit as the book reads like a college text. The author tries to break down his views into sections based on historical timeline, presidents, countries, and regime leaders. Therefore, some information is presented again and again. That said, I found the author's behind the scenes stories very interesting. I learned quite a bit about a very confusing country. However, I disagree with the author's assertion that the regime is destined to fall in the next 3-5 years. North Korea is not America and their people are use to living in poverty and have accepted it to support their diety. The comparisons to what happened in the Middle East (Egypt) are dubious at best. The North Korean population is much more isolated. Will the North Korea regime collapse? Yeah, eventually. Question is, will the regime try to take South Korea with it? Recommended for anyone with an interest in the backstory of North Korea. Note-author wrote this prior to Kim executing his uncle.

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