The Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Future (Paperback)
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Published: 27/06/2013
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The definitive account of North Korea - its veiled past and uncertain future - from former White House adviser and Korea expert Victor Cha

‘We killed Americans.
We are killing Americans.
We will kill Americans.
North Korean schoolchildren conjugating verbs

How did North Korea become The Impossible State, where citizens found humming South Korean pop songs risk being sent to a gulag, and yet a starving populace clings fiercely to its Dear Leader Kim Jong-un? What does the future hold for a regime with terrifying nuclear ambitions and an endless war with its southern counterpart? Former White House adviser and Director of Asian Studies at Georgetown University, Victor Cha, pulls back the curtain on the world’s most isolated country to provide this unprecedented and timely insight into North Korea’s history, present and future.

In the era of the Trump administration and with South Korean relations seemingly on the brink of great change, this authoritative account of the country interweaved with exclusive personal anecdotes offers much-needed answers in an increasingly uncertain political climate. Indeed, Cha warns of a future North Korea for which the Western world may be woefully unprepared. Extensive and fast-paced, The Impossible State is an extraordinarily edifying portrait of the society, economy and foreign policy of the most enigmatic nation-state.

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

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099578659
Number of pages: 544
Weight: 384 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 32 mm


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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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“Impossible to put down”

Just finished reading a proof copy of Victor Cha's Impossible State and was very impressed with the wealth of knowledge and depth to which the author mines in order to comprehend this secretive and distrubing... More

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