The Koreans Paperback – 16 Dec 1999
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...the most refreshing literary wind by a foreigner to sweep the often-overlooked Korean peninsula in many a year. -- Japan Times
In his wide-ranging, crisply written book, Breen reminds us that Korea is well worth knowing, yet remains surprisingly elusive...[For] a good introduction to society and culture in today's Korea, [you] couldn't do better than Breen's informed and engaging book. -- Far Eastern Economic Review
Mike Breen has spent 15 years living among - and trying to figure out - Koreans. He's still not entirely sure what makes them tick, but as his engaging book shows, the effort to find out makes for a fascinating journey. And an ambitious one. He aims to bridge the gap between Koreans and the world and among Koreans themselves. -- Time Magazine
About the Author
Michael Breen is one of the best known specialists on North and South Korea. He is Managing Director of Merit Communications, Seoul, as well as a journalist and business consultant dividing his time between Korea and UK.
Top Customer Reviews
Michael Breen's writing style is also very easy, accessible and, on the whole, of a certain lazy eloquence.
Moreover, the book is well researched, well structured and, in my view, constitutes a truly valuable tool for analysing and understanding modern South Korea and its people.
Anyone planning a trip or extended stay in South Korea should pick up this book and plough through it in a few days prior to leaving.
I give it a five out of five!
If anyone knows how I can contact Mr Breen and convey to him my personal congratulations, please be sure to let me know.
Breen is not only well up on the history and culture of the Koreans but he is also well in tune with them having lived amongst them for many years. It is apparent from his writing that he has a great affection for these people, although this does not prevent him from being objective and even critical. The book is packed with detail and should not be skimmed, it is helpfully indexed so that you can go back and refresh your memory about a particular subject after reading.
As someone hoping to live and work in Korea in the future I found this insighful and invaluable reading and would recommend to anyone wanting to know more about what makes Koreans tick.