Understanding North Korea: Demystifying the World's Most Misunderstood Country

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North Korea is one of the world's least understood, yet most important countries, all the more so with the recent death of Kim Jong Il.

Almost no book, article, or other media makes sense of North Korea or presents it simply, without sensationalism or polarization.

This brief book does. More

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About Joshua Spodek

Joshua Spodek (PhD ’00, Physics, Columbia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, MBA ’06 Columbia Business School), after helping assemble an x-ray observational satellite launched by the European Space Agency and researching supernova remnants, became an entrepreneur with several patents and start-ups doing business around the world.

He is an executive / personal coach working with Columbia Business School’s Program on Social Intelligence and has led leadership seminars at the New York Academy of Sciences and the business schools of NYU and Columbia. He also creates art, teaches or taught at Parsons School of Design and NYU-Tisch School of Art, has occasional gallery showings, and installs large public art.

He has been quoted and profiled in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, Fortune, CNN, and the major broadcast networks. Esquire Magazine named him “Best and Brightest” in its annual Genius issue.

Reviews

Review by: Mark Fahey on April 12, 2012 :
It’s natural to assume that North Korea is insane and illogical in its actions. It’s also easy to think of the citizens of North Korea as simple drones of the state. Surely there is there can be no reasoning to explain the actions of the leadership of the hermit kingdom?
This book presents that there is in fact a method to the 'madness' and the western world assuming “insanity” is exactly what the North Korean leadership intend for us to believe. The author also presents what he describes as a “toy proposal” to allow for the opening-up of the nation. A very though provoking read that may totally change how you interpret the country.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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