“Northeast Asia is the world’s most dynamic economy, with rapidly developing industry, high technology, rich resources, and half the world’s foreign exchange reserves. South Korea’s social and political achievements are no less remarkable than its spectacular economic growth. Peaceful integration of North Korea into the region, along with desperately needed internal changes, are essential for further progress. The alternative could be military confrontation with frightful consequences. The tasks ahead are not easy ones, but they are feasible. The U.S. role will surely be critical, and it is of the utmost importance for Americans to understand the issues, their background, and the prospects. John Feffer provides a deeply informed and lucid account of all these matters, full of insight, pointing the way to constructive solutions that are within our grasp.” –Noam Chomsky
“[A] lucid, hard-hitting overview.” –Selig Harrison, The Nation
“A masterful, informative, eminently accessible look at the Korean crisis; especially valuable is John Feffer’s discussion of what animates North Korea’s stance vis-a-vis the US. Feffer’s elucidation of the historical forces and social attitudes that have shaped Kim Jong Il’s regime shows that far from being irrational or psychotic, Kim’s actions have a logical consistency grounded in a well-founded mistrust of US intentions and agendas. I highly recommend this book.” –C.S. Soong, host of Living Room, KPFA (Pacifica) Radio in Berkeley, Ca.
“Feffer’s analysis is the most reliable, balanced report available on the Korean ‘threat.’” –Chalmers Johnson, author of Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire