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4.0 out of 5 stars Well written and researched but not what I was looking for, 23 Jun. 2008
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The author of this book, Keith Pratt, has obviously put a lot of research and time into this book, but unfortunately it's not what I was really looking for. I had been looking for a book that would give me a more political outlook on the history of Korea, but instead I got a book largely filled with social and cultural history. Although Pratt does give a general overview on what was happening through the era's, the book has a tendency to drift towards more cultural aspects, music and art being the main topics. As a result, I'm left without knowing what really happened in Korea during the 'Three Kingdoms' period (for example), but instead I know more about what type of music they played and how Korean art was heavily influenced by China.

I've given a 4 star rating simply because the book has been well written and anything less would be harsh. In short, if you are looking a book covering social and cultural aspects then I would definitely consider this as a purchase. If your looking to know, in depth, what actually happened (i.e. wars, politics etc) then your best considering something else.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A work of admirable balance, 4 April 2015
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Pratt's work is a real pleasure to read. His depth of familiarity with Korea's history, arts, and intellectual life shows real love for the country and people. He's an impressively unbiased observer, representing all sides in the country's many ideological divisions like a guy who really knows how to listen. Pratt also shows serious appreciation for Korea's arts, from the design of traditional musical instruments to modern painting and film. The overall balance of the book is admirable, and made better by Pratt's admission that he has barely scratched the surface of this story.
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