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The Two Koreas: A Contemporary Historyby Don Oberdorfer
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Ever since Korea was first divided at the end of World War II, the tension between its northern and southern halves has riveted—and threatened to embroil—the rest of the world. In this landmark history, now thoroughly revised and updated in conjunction with Korea expert Robert Carlin, veteran journalist Don Oberdorfer grippingly describes how a historically homogenous people became locked in a perpetual struggle for supremacy—and how they might yet be reconciled.
"At a time when frivolous sensationalism dominates the media, it illustrates the virtues of a life given to honest, independent, inquiring journalism." Los Angeles Times
"The Two Koreas majestically fulfills Oberdorfer's goal of drawing attention to the role outside powers have played in the two Koreas' history." Washington Post
"Assembled into a clear and unpretentious journalistic narrative of the past quarter-century's public and behind-the-scenes political and diplomatic efforts to solve the Korea questions." The Boston Sunday Globe
"This truly important work will, without question, become the standard against which other books on modern Korea will be judged." Donald P. Gregg, former U.S. Ambassador to South Korea
A new edition of the definitive overview of contemporary Korean history, updated with new material to account for recent, dramatic events.
Don Oberdorfer has written a gripping narrative history of Korea's travails and triumphs over the past three decades. The Two Koreas places the tensions between North and South within a historical context, with a special emphasis on the involvement of outside powers.
About the Author
Don Oberdorfer wrote for the Washington Post for twenty-five years. He was a National Book Award finalist for Tet! The Turning Point in the Vietnam War and holds a Woodrow Wilson Award from Princeton for public service. He is currently a resident scholar at Johns Hopkins University Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. He lives in Washington, D.C.
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