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READ ð PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Victor Cha Victor Cha ´ 6 FREE READ FREE READ The Impossible State î PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB “A meaty fast paced portrait of North Korean society economy politics and foreign policy” Foreign AffairsThe definitive account of North Korea its veiled past and uncertain future from the former Director for Asian Affairs at the National Security CouncilIn 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 appall I found few books on North Korea in the rather large two floor Barnes and Noble store in my neighborhood and this was the only one in the Current Affairs section So this definitely fills a need all the given how much North Korea is currently in the news Cha says his purpose in the book was to give Americans needed context by telling us of North Korea s history the rise of the Kim family dynasty the repressive regime s complex economy and culture Cha is particularly ualified to be a guide A scholar on Korean affairs he has direct policy experience dealing with Pyongyang as the Director of Asian Affairs in the National Security Council from 2004 to 2007 under Bush Cha negotiated with the regime as part of the Six Party Talks on the nuclear issue At times he seemed a bit defensive about Bush s policy but to me he otherwise read as thorough and fair and there is an extensive Notes in the back sourcing his facts And even if he s clear eyed about the brutality of the regime I wouldn t describe him as a hawk he s also aware and educates the reader about the reasons to act with caution The book engrossed me from the beginning especially given Cha displayed both a sense of humor and insight in his first hand observations from the first chapters There were some dry policy wonk only parts particularly in the chapter about diplomatic efforts surrounding the nuclear issue but otherwise I found the book fascinating My first surprise I felt I should have known this but it came as a surprise to me that technically the United States is still at war with North Korea What was negotiated in 1953 was a cease fire not a peace treaty And another shock was learning that the Chinese lost 800000 lives in the Korean War It was a jolt to learn that North Korean school children learn their grammar with such examples as I kill Americans I killed Americans I will kill Americans Even their arithmetic exercises feature such examples Second surprise was that North Korea was once relatively prosperous compared to it s rival in the South That during the cold war generous aid from both Soviet Russia and Communist China made it both industrialized and gave it a higher standard of living than South Korea even if now the South has outstripped its GDP by over twenty to one That North Korea is an incredibly repressive regime arguably the least free nation on earth was no surprise But a lot of the details of the atrocities committed within and without were a shock I didn t know for instance that in an attempt to assassinate a South Korean president North Korean agents murdered the country s First Lady or that another attempt killed half of South Korea s cabinet or that North Korea admitted it abducted over a dozen Japanese citizens to train their agents It s amazing to me that over the decades a full fledged war hasn t broken out Except that the butcher bill could reach a million lives and as Cha explains the North Koreans knowing this know they can violate international norms with near impunity and extort aid to stop rattling their sabers And the chapter dealing with the forced labor camps that rival the concentration camps of Hitler and Stalin for horror are not for the faint of heart I wouldn t say this is necessarily a classic that will be read decades from now which is why I didn t give it a fifth star I didn t think it was well edited I caught a few typos some cliched phrases awkward sentences and some repeated points that could have been eliminated to make for a tauter book but it is invaluable as an informative book that gives us a sense of an isolated secretive and dangerous country and as just published in April of this year up to date Enlightenment Now The Case for Reason Science Humanism and Progress uncertain future from the former Director for Asian Affairs at the National Security CouncilIn 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 appall I found few books on North Korea in the rather large two floor Barnes and Noble store in my neighborhood and this was the only one in the Current Affairs section So this definitely fills a need all the given how much North Korea is currently in the news Cha says his purpose in the book was to give Americans needed context by telling Lost Souls us of North Korea s history the rise of the Kim family dynasty the repressive regime s complex economy and culture Cha is particularly Swamp Foetus ualified to be a guide A scholar on Korean affairs he has direct policy experience dealing with Pyongyang as the Director of Asian Affairs in the National Security Council from 2004 to 2007 Shadows under Bush Cha negotiated with the regime as part of the Six Party Talks on the nuclear issue At times he seemed a bit defensive about Bush s policy but to me he otherwise read as thorough and fair and there is an extensive Notes in the back sourcing his facts And even if he s clear eyed about the brutality of the regime I wouldn t describe him as a hawk he s also aware and educates the reader about the reasons to act with caution The book engrossed me from the beginning especially given Cha displayed both a sense of humor and insight in his first hand observations from the first chapters There were some dry policy wonk only parts particularly in the chapter about diplomatic efforts surrounding the nuclear issue but otherwise I found the book fascinating My first surprise I felt I should have known this but it came as a surprise to me that technically the United States is still at war with North Korea What was negotiated in 1953 was a cease fire not a peace treaty And another shock was learning that the Chinese lost 800000 lives in the Korean War It was a jolt to learn that North Korean school children learn their grammar with such examples as I kill Americans I killed Americans I will kill Americans Even their arithmetic exercises feature such examples Second surprise was that North Korea was once relatively prosperous compared to it s rival in the South That during the cold war generous aid from both Soviet Russia and Communist China made it both industrialized and gave it a higher standard of living than South Korea even if now the South has outstripped its GDP by over twenty to one That North Korea is an incredibly repressive regime arguably the least free nation on earth was no surprise But a lot of the details of the atrocities committed within and without were a shock I didn t know for instance that in an attempt to assassinate a South Korean president North Korean agents murdered the country s First Lady or that another attempt killed half of South Korea s cabinet or that North Korea admitted it abducted over a dozen Japanese citizens to train their agents It s amazing to me that over the decades a full fledged war hasn t broken out Except that the butcher bill could reach a million lives and as Cha explains the North Koreans knowing this know they can violate international norms with near impunity and extort aid to stop rattling their sabers And the chapter dealing with the forced labor camps that rival the concentration camps of Hitler and Stalin for horror are not for the faint of heart I wouldn t say this is necessarily a classic that will be read decades from now which is why I didn t give it a fifth star I didn t think it was well edited I caught a few typos some cliched phrases awkward sentences and some repeated points that could have been eliminated to make for a tauter book but it is invaluable as an informative book that gives The House on Tradd Street us a sense of an isolated secretive and dangerous country and as just published in April of this year The Horizon The Royal Marines Saga up to date

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READ ð PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Victor Cha Victor Cha ´ 6 FREE READ FREE READ The Impossible State î PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ing 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 deathHow 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 uestion that preoccupies the West Cha reveals a land of contradictions o I ve never been big on nonfiction preferring mostly to learn about make believe worlds and characters over the real world and its notable figures But North Korea in all its infinite secrecy and horror holds a monopoly in my mind and after seeing this book featured on The Colbert Report I decided to give it a go There isn t much else to be said here other than that this is without a doubt the definitive source of information on nearly every aspect of North Korea from its formation to present day subjects ranging from the country s foreign policy and on and off but mostly on nuclear program to its well documented but still hopelessly shadowy human rights record The author who had several years of experience working directly with or perhaps accurately against North Korean delegates on the NSC goes into remarkable detail in every chapter to the point where some areas were downright tedious to get through rife with endless statistical information All said and done though I m a firm believer in the know thy enemy rule and this account of the world s largest prison is a must read for anyone seeking information about it beyond the sensationalist scraps of info published on the news Captive Embraces Captive #2 uestion that preoccupies the West Cha reveals a land of contradictions o I ve never been big on nonfiction preferring mostly to learn about make believe worlds and characters over the real world and its notable figures But North Korea in all its infinite secrecy and horror holds a monopoly in my mind and after seeing this book featured on The Colbert Report I decided to give it a go There isn t much else to be said here other than that this is without a doubt the definitive source of information on nearly every aspect of North Korea from its formation to present day subjects ranging from the country s foreign policy and on and off but mostly on nuclear program to its well documented but still hopelessly shadowy human rights record The author who had several years of experience working directly with or perhaps accurately against North Korean delegates on the NSC goes into remarkable detail in every chapter to the point where some areas were downright tedious to get through rife with endless statistical information All said and done though I m a firm believer in the know thy enemy rule and this account of the world s largest prison is a must read for anyone seeking information about it beyond the sensationalist scraps of info published on the news

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READ ð PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Victor Cha Victor Cha ´ 6 FREE READ FREE READ The Impossible State î PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ne facing a pivotal and disuieting 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 leadershipWith 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 uestions 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 unprepar I went back and forth on 3 or 4 stars for this but I think 3 is the honest appraisalThis is a very interesting take on the history and culture of North Korea generally from a foreign policy standpoint The author was involved with various diplomatic negotiations with North Korea and was an advisor on East Asia for George W Bush The book has a ton of great information on the early history of the DPRK its relationships with its neighbors and the bizarre personality cult that follows the Kim family through three generations of authoritarian ruleThere are two reasons it does not earn the extra star One is the organization The book leaps around from subject to subject in a jarring manner at times and often a subsection of a chapter should clearly have been its own chapter This doesn t affect the veracity or relevance of the information but DOES make following the train of thought difficult at timesThe second reason is the apparent total lack of editing Not in terms of word choice and sentence structure but in consistency I suspect that this book was written in smaller chunks over a long period and then stitched together at a late stage in the process It s hard to explain exactly what I mean but there is one example in particularIn 2010 the DPRK fired artillery shells at a ROK island called Yeonpyeong The author describes the incident analyzes the fallout and moves on Further into the book he will mention it in passing which makes sense But the way he refers to it is very odd He will say the incident where North Korea fired on a South Korean island or in 2010 when North Korea used artillery to attack a small island in South Korea etc Why not call it the Teonpyeong Incident Or the island shelling incident Something that shows a continuous link with the previous text I think this proves that he did not write the book in order but combined smaller writings It s not a major point I guess but it shows a certain lack of care That or a lack of respect for the reader to remember something that happened 2 chapters agoSo with caveats I do recommend this book I will warn potential readers that is can be very dense at points A great deal of economic detail and the minutiae of diplomacy But if you are willing to skim a tiny bit it is packed full of great information on a country that is rapidly becoming very important to the world stage yet is one we know almost nothing aboutEdited I would like to add that there was a bit of an embarrassing amount of Bush defense in the book The author seemed desperate to explain why Bush had done absolutely everything right and how he couldn t understand why anyone could possibly doubt the president s motives Keeping in mind that the events in uestion happened well after the disastrous Afghanistan and Ira campaigns and the possible deliberate misinformation given by the executive branch in defending the invasion of Ira in particular Bush had by this point hardly shown himself to be some amazing foreign policy planner I don t know why Cha seems so blind to this I don t expect the guy to rant about Bush or anything but he goes out of his way to express his mystification at any doubt towards the president s actions The Horizon The Royal Marines Saga uestions about North Korea and 奔馬 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 Last to Die unprepar I went back and forth on 3 or 4 stars for this but I think 3 is the honest appraisalThis is a very interesting take on the history and culture of North Korea generally from a foreign policy standpoint The author was involved with various diplomatic negotiations with North Korea and was an advisor on East Asia for George W Bush The book has a ton of great information on the early history of the DPRK its relationships with its neighbors and the bizarre personality cult that follows the Kim family through three generations of authoritarian ruleThere are two reasons it does not earn the extra star One is the organization The book leaps around from subject to subject in a jarring manner at times and often a subsection of a chapter should clearly have been its own chapter This doesn t affect the veracity or relevance of the information but DOES make following the train of thought difficult at timesThe second reason is the apparent total lack of editing Not in terms of word choice and sentence structure but in consistency I suspect that this book was written in smaller chunks over a long period and then stitched together at a late stage in the process It s hard to explain exactly what I mean but there is one example in particularIn 2010 the DPRK fired artillery shells at a ROK island called Yeonpyeong The author describes the incident analyzes the fallout and moves on Further into the book he will mention it in passing which makes sense But the way he refers to it is very odd He will say the incident where North Korea fired on a South Korean island or in 2010 when North Korea Night Moves used artillery to attack a small island in South Korea etc Why not call it the Teonpyeong Incident Or the island shelling incident Something that shows a continuous link with the previous text I think this proves that he did not write the book in order but combined smaller writings It s not a major point I guess but it shows a certain lack of care That or a lack of respect for the reader to remember something that happened 2 chapters agoSo with caveats I do recommend this book I will warn potential readers that is can be very dense at points A great deal of economic detail and the minutiae of diplomacy But if you are willing to skim a tiny bit it is packed full of great information on a country that is rapidly becoming very important to the world stage yet is one we know almost nothing aboutEdited I would like to add that there was a bit of an embarrassing amount of Bush defense in the book The author seemed desperate to explain why Bush had done absolutely everything right and how he couldn t Dark Tide Rising William Monk #24 understand why anyone could possibly doubt the president s motives Keeping in mind that the events in Bridge of Clay uestion happened well after the disastrous Afghanistan and Ira campaigns and the possible deliberate misinformation given by the executive branch in defending the invasion of Ira in particular Bush had by this point hardly shown himself to be some amazing foreign policy planner I don t know why Cha seems so blind to this I don t expect the guy to rant about Bush or anything but he goes out of his way to express his mystification at any doubt towards the president s actions


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    READ ð PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Victor Cha Victor Cha ´ 6 FREE READ FREE READ The Impossible State North Korea has been dubbed the worst place on Earth and as those who've read accounts of people who have escaped from this bizarre and horrible place know the moniker is fitting The oppression and menace imposed both internally and externally by the government of North Korea is thankfully beyond the imagination of most citizens of other nationsVictor Cha sheds a great deal of light on this darkened corner of the worl

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    READ ð PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Victor Cha [The Impossible State] EBOOK READ The Impossible Book How to Get North Korea WrongI wrote this review when the book came out I'll let you decide if it has held up to the test of timeThe North Korean regime was supposed to have collapsed by now Indeed for years analysts debated not if the regime would fall but whether the landing would be hard or soft Instead it has become a n

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    [The Impossible State] EBOOK READ READ ð PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Victor Cha I've never been big on nonfiction preferring mostly to learn about make believe worlds and characters over the real world and its notable figures But North Korea in all its infinite secrecy and horror holds a monopoly in my mind and after seeing this book featured on The Colbert Report I decided to give it a go There isn't much else to be said here other than that this is without a doubt the definitive source o

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    FREE READ The Impossible State [The Impossible State] EBOOK READ Victor Cha ´ 6 FREE READ I went back and forth on 3 or 4 stars for this but I think 3 is the honest appraisalThis is a very interesting take on the history and culture of North Korea generally from a foreign policy standpoint The author was involved with various diplomatic negotiations with North Korea and was an advisor on East Asia for George W Bush The book has a ton of great information on the early history of the DPRK its relationships with its neighbors and t

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    [The Impossible State] EBOOK READ A Comprehensive book the second book in my “Korea” series An educationIt would be interesting to know how many diplomats that have worked with North Korea have any hair left Regardless if Pyongyang was cornered or backed itself into their current pathetic state it is clear to even their allies that the North simply does not u

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    FREE READ The Impossible State [The Impossible State] EBOOK READ Victor Cha ´ 6 FREE READ It has probably become apparent by now that I am fascinated with North Korea and how such an isolated country can still exist in this world of ever increasing abilities to communicate with people from around the globe I write this review from my couch in Chengdu China where I just got off Skype with my parents who live in Idaho have emaile

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    [The Impossible State] EBOOK READ If you're interested in North Korea who isn't this is a comprehensive look at everything about it its history and its futu

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  • Hardcover
  • 544
  • The Impossible State
  • Victor Cha
  • English
  • 18 March 2018
  • 9780061998508