Korean American Books

Summaries and reviews of fiction and nonfiction books by Korean American authors,
books about Korean Americans and Korea, and Korean literature in English translation,
including some academic works and a sampling on the Korean War

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Korea: The Search for Sovereignty, by Geoff Simons

[Publisher's description] This book gives a broad history of Korea, with a particular focus on key 20th century events. Particular attention is given to the dispute over North Korea's controversial nuclear development program. This issue is profiled in the context of the post-Soviet world and against such crucial modern events as the Japanese colonization of the Korean peninsula, the US partition, the resulting Korean War, and the subsequent development of North and South. The detailed information both supports a succinct history and encourages an interpretation that transcends Western propaganda.

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