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Helpful votes received on reviews: 85% (224 of 265)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 8,780 - Total Helpful Votes: 224 of 265
North Korea: Beyond Charismatic Politics (Asia/Pac&hellip by Byung-Ho Chung
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Kwon Heonik's study of North Korea is by far the most perceptive intuitive an insightful book on North Korea available, and draws from a deep pool of sources to analyse the reclusive kingdom. Kwon looks at the cult of the Kim leadership, using Marx, Engels, Confucius, Durkheim, and Weber, Stalin and the Korean resistance fighters in Manchuria as frameworks and prisms.

He looks at North Korea as a `theatre state' that moulds its citizens' lives by framing all historical narratives within a restrictive hierarchical `history', a world view which has been preordained and pre-scripted by the Kim leadership as a means of control.

Kwon never falls into the sensationalist,… Read more
Autobiography by Morrissey
Autobiography by Morrissey
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written., 7 Dec 2013
It is a beautifully written book, and has been recognised as such by none other than Terry Eagleton, who said of Morrissey's prose, " ( it ) is so devastatingly articulate he could win the Booker...Morrissey is now out to demonstrate that he can write the kind of burnished prose no other singer on the planet could aspire to."

Eagleton also infers that "Some of (Morrissey's) bloody-mindedness springs from a damaged childhood. Born into a working-class Irish-Mancunian family, Steven Patrick Morrissey sang his way out of what struck him as a soulless environment, as other working-class Irish Mancunians have written or acted their way out."

Eagleton echoes what many of us… Read more
From the Bottom of the Heap by Robert Hillary King
From the Bottom of the Heap by Robert Hillary King
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential., 23 Nov 2013
If you are interested in the writings of Malcolm X, George Jackson, Huey Newton, Rap Brown and Assata Shakur, then "From the Bottom of the Heap" will be essential reading for you.

The early stage of the book takes the reader through 1950s and 60s America, a land of plenty; a land of equality, freedom, opportunity, laughter and joy - unless your skin is a shade of brown or black, that is, in which case, your life is a series of violent encounters, beatings at the hands of whites and fellow struggling blacks, arrests, humiliations and defeats. `Walking while black' was a crime, `driving while black' is a crime, hell, even `having fun while black' seems to have been a crime. And the… Read more