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Book Review, Resources

Living Dangerously in Korea: The Western Experience, 1900–1950

BY DONALD N. CLARK NORWALK, CT: EASTBRIDGE, 2003 454 PAGES. PAPERBACK ISBN: 1-891936-11-5 Donald Clark has written an engaging account of the small number of Westerners who lived and worked in Korea during the turbulent first half of the twentieth century. This period saw the end of the five-century-old Yi dynasty, the four-decade-long occupation of Korea by Japan, the Second World War, the division and occupation of the country by the Soviet Union and the United States in 1945, and the outb...

Book Review Essay, Resources

Teaching About “The Forgotten War”

By Michael Seth VOICES OF THE KOREAN WAR Personal Stories of American, Korean, and Chinese Soldiers BY RICHARD A. PETERS AND XIAOBING LI LEXINGTON: UNIVERSITY PRESS OF KENTUCKY, 2004 HARDCOVER: 288 PAGES ISBN: 0-813-12293-7 Although often labeled the "forgotten war," there is a large and growing literature on the Korean War. The two very different books reviewed here present additions to this body of work that are useful for teachers and students....

Book Review, Resources

Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West

BY BLAINE HARDEN NEW YORK: VIKING, 2012 224 PAGES, ISBN: 978-0670023325, HARDBACK This is a book that should be read by anyone interested in North Korea and in human rights issues. It joins Kang Chol-Hwan and Pierre Rigoulot’s The Aquariums of Pyongyang and Barbara Demick’s Nothing to Envy as among the most engaging and insightful accounts of life in that secretive country. Escape From Camp 14 is the story of Shin Dong-hyuk, the only known inmate in North Korea’s “total control” p...

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