Sunday, February 19, 2006
Recommended Reading---North Korea: The Struggle Against American Power
I highly recommend Tim Beal's insightful analysis, North Korea: The Struggle Against American Power (2005). As you may know, the relationship between North Korea and the U.S. was improving in the 1990s, with South Korea's President, Kim Dae Jung, even receiving the Nobel Peace Prize for his work related to the Sunshine Policy. Beal's important book illustrates the almost immediate reversal of U.S. policy as George W. Bush took office, which escalated tensions as quickly as it unraveled years of relationship building. Bush's hostile policies are discussed in a way that you would find surprising from a U.S. publisher; therefore, you will not be surprised that the publisher, Pluto Press, is based in London. Beal teaches at Victoria University in New Zealand, where the view of the Unites States' curious/dangerous/violent tendencies seems particularly accurate.