Synopses & Reviews
Ever since Korea was first divided at the end of World War II, the tension between its northern and southern halves has rivetedand threatened to embroilthe 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 supremacyand 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
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.
A new edition of the definitive overview of contemporary Korean history, updated with new material to account for recent, dramatic events.
About the Author
wrote for the Washington Post
for twenty-five years, and is currently Chairman of the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He lives in Washington, D.C.
Robert Carlin is a Visiting Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University and former chief of the Northeast Asia Division in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, U.S. Department of State. He lives in Washington, D.C.