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Modern Korea: All That Matters [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Salmon

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Book Description

In no nation on earth has history accelerated with such speed as in Korea. A medieval dynasty at the end of the 19th century, it underwent a traumatic colonization, then, in its hour of liberation was divided by the great powers at the end of World War II. Devastated by a fratricidal war, the peninsula has remained divided ever since.


South Korea is the greatest national success story of the 20th century. From the ashes of war, it transformed itself, against the odds - and against much advice - into an industrial powerhouse and thriving democracy. Now a high-tech wonderland, it is undergoing social and cultural transformations that add further layers to its dynamic DNA.


North Korea is an economic, social and political disaster, successful only at totalitarianism. Having transmogrified from a blood-and-iron communist dictatorship into a bizarre, neo-fascist monarchy, it is a black hole at the heart of Asia. Engulfed by paranoia, the regime presides over a malnourished populace, a 1.1 million man army and a nuclear arsenal. From nuclear missiles to Samsung smartphones; from assassins to salarymen; from Kim Il-sung to Psy; this is the extraordinary story of the flashpoint peninsula that dominates talk in boardrooms and newsrooms. Korea, the author argues, provides two stark benchmarks for national development: Epic success and catastrophic failure. And its final chapter has yet to be written.


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Where did it all go wrong for North Korea and right for South Korea?

About the Author

Seoul-based reporter Andrew Salmon, 47, covers the Koreas for Forbes, France 24, The South China Morning Post and The Washington Times. He has authored four books covering Korean food, the Korean War and the role of US business in South Korean development. His To the Last Round: The Epic British Stand on the Imjin River, Korea, 1951 won a "Military Book of the Year" award in the United Kingdom in 2009 and a "Korea Wave" award at the National Assembly in Seoul in 2010. It has been translated into Korean and a Chinese translation is due out later this year.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1658 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (29 Aug. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IORP754
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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars  6 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars If you're looking for an introduction to modern South Korea ... 8 Jun. 2015
By Trebor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If you're looking for an introduction to modern South Korea, this is it. Andrew Salmon covers all the bases and does so in a rapid-fire style that suits the pace of life in the Korea he is describing. My two complaints are that it's too short - he rushes over a lot of stuff - and that the sub-title "All That Matters" doesn't really catch his underlying theme. I guess the publisher chose it to justify the short format. The real theme, I'd say, is in this sentence: "The existence of two diametrically opposed states dividing the same people underlines a standout trend of modern Korea: on this mountainous peninsula, things extend to their most distant extremes." It's that rush to extremes that makes Korea such a fascinating place, something that Mr. Salmon conveys very well.
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Investment of Time & Money 7 May 2015
By Tom Coyner, Onsite Studios - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
In spite of a lack-luster, bordering on off-putting cover and an apparently too-small page count, Modern Korea, is a classic example of how one can be easily misled by appearances. This concise compendium of facts, arranged in thoroughly engaging prose, makes this little book a real romp through many of the truly fascinating aspects of modern South Korea that makes this NE Asian country thoroughly engaging. While this book should be considered a 'must' for people new to Korea, it can still be a kick for 'old Korea hands.' The book's interesting major facts and interesting trivia make for a truly fun - and certainly an educational - read. Here in Seoul, I keep a copy by my desk for ready reference and a smile. - Tom Coyner, author of Doing Business in Korea: An Expanded Guide.
4.0 out of 5 stars A lot if not all that matters 22 Nov. 2014
By Vindex - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Here is a handy history, analysis, guide to stuff you might want to know about Korea. Students will find it makes a great crib sheet. Newcomers will be able to read it in the course of a plane ride or overnight hotel stay. Korea-watchers can refer to it for quick facts and background. Written in easy-to-read style, this summary may not cover "all that matters" but gets a lot into a brief space. One criticism might be lack of attribution -- no footnotes or credits for all that material, no bibliography, not a great index.
5.0 out of 5 stars All That Matters indeed! 16 Feb. 2015
By Daniel Tudor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
'Modern Korea: All That Matters' is a bright and breezy read, but don't let that fool you - it is also a great fact-packed primer on what may well be the most interesting part of the world right now. Whether you're visiting Korea for business or pleasure, make Andrew Salmon your guide.' Daniel Tudor, author of 'Korea: The Impossible Country' and 'North Korea Confidential'
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast and colourful 16 Jun. 2015
By rlawraddy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A slim book, but written with great colour and insight. A fast, entertaining and highly informative read. Great primer if you're interested in Korea.
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