North Korea Takes On the World
North Korea Takes On the World.
Asia expert Gordon Chang follows up his successful and controversial debut THE COMING COLLAPSE OF CHINA, with the first book to discuss the full extent of the North Korean nuclear threat, its origins, international implications, and solutions.
The United States is the mightiest nation in history, yet for six decades one of the world's weakest states has challenged the superpower and kept it at bay. Today, that country also threatens to change the course of human events with an act of unimaginable devastation. NUCLEAR SHOWDOWN analyses the failed society that has become the gravest threat to America and international order: North Korea. Chang's insightful book reveals the full horror of the crisis threatening to turn Asia into the world's next battleground.
How can North Korea be stopped? No one seems to have an answer. For more than half a century, policymakers have failed when it comes to subjugating Kim Il Sung and his son, Kim Jong Il. NUCLEAR SHOWDOWN proposes a solution that can defuse the standoff once and for all.
“[Chang] has sewn together this tale of diplomatic mismanagement in a compelling... account of how the greatest superpower in the world has been repeatedly out-manoeuvred by a tiny country that should have collapsed years ago.”
New York Times
“In his timely book, Gordon G. Chang turns the spotlight back onto the world's worst regime and most egregious state proliferator of nuclear weapons. As Chang, a longtime Asia hand and accomplished writer, correctly notes, the world in general and the United States in particular are too inclined to forget about this dangerous region in their constant focus on Iraq and al Qaeda... His prose is lively and crisp, making this book an easy read on a difficult subject... Accessible and up-to-date.”