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Self Power Paperback – 15 Aug 2013

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"Engrossing... It offers perhaps the best recent one-volume account of North Korea’s history, economics and foreign relations" (The Economist)

"[This] excellent, comprehensive book explains as much as it is possible to explain the nature of this ‘impossible state’, how it has developed under the Kim dynasty and why it endures as a major thorn in the side of the global community" (Jonathan Fenby The Times)

"This scrupulously researched account provides an alarming insight into how a long-running nightmare for North Koreans could soon become a geopolitical crisis for the rest of us" (Stephen Robinson Sunday Times)

"He uses his first-hand and often surreal experiences of dealing with North Korean officialdom to telling effect in the book. But Cha is also a scholar of Korean and Asian affairs, so can take a historical view of the North Korean problem and set it in its wider international context… [An] impressive analysis" (Richard Cockett Literary Review)

"Provocative, frightening, and never more relevant than today as an untested new leader takes charge of the world’s most unpredictable nuclear power" (Andrea Mitchell, NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent)

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The definitive account of North Korea - the most closed, frightening, enigmatic country on earth - its veiled past and uncertain future.

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