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North Korea in passing,
This review is from: Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes on the World (Paperback)
This is an odd book. Despite the title and the promise of the author - he wrote an interesting book on China, this book fails to deliver on its main subjectmatter, namely the ongoing nuclear crisis with North Korea, that has engaged, and still is, engaging the attentions of US Presidents. The author gives us the standard history of how a divided Korea came about post war - it is clear that it was never a priority issue for the US administration in their planning for a post war global order but it has since come back to haunt every US administration since North Korea invaded the South in 1950.
Mr Chang`s more interesting section concerns North Korea`s economy - for example, North Korea had a more successful economy than the South`s upto the early 1970s when South Korea developed into an "Asian tiger" and then left the North well behind. One feels that this is the author`s strength - particularly given his background and experience covering China`s rise, but he does not play to it.
Instead we have almost perfunctory chapters on the developments that led to the bomb and its missile programme, but very little indepth analysis.
Overall a little disappointing and perhaps the reader should opt for "Rogue Regime" by Jasper Becker.