Sources of North Korea Conflict

Our program will be held on Monday May 21st at 7:00pm. Please contact the library for more information.

In 1947, George F. Kennan published his famous “X” article in the journal Foreign Affairs, outlining his containment doctrine and his long-term prognosis for the Soviet Union. Dr. Bruce Cumings will do the same for North Korea, arguing that containing that leadership will be even easier than it was with the USSR, since the North has no expansionist goals beyond the Korean peninsula. Such a strategy requires patience, and the conviction that over the long run, North Korea will evolve internally and cease to be a problem.

Dr. Bruce Cumings is a professor of Korean history at the University of Chicago.

A River in Darkness – Masaji Ishikawa
The harrowing true story of one man’s life in—and subsequent escape from—North Korea, one of the world’s most brutal totalitarian regimes.

A Thousand Miles to Freedom – Eunsun Kim
Kim was born in North Korea, one of the most secretive and oppressive countries in the modern world. As child Eunsun loved her country. Her mother decided to escape North Korea with Eunsun and her sister, not knowing that they were embarking on a journey that would take them nine long years to complete.

Dear Leader – Jang Jin-Sung
In this rare insider’s view into contemporary North Korea, a high-ranking counterintelligence agent describes his life as a former poet laureate to Kim Jong-il and his breathtaking escape to freedom.

My Holiday in North Korea – Wendy Simmons
Through poignant, funny essays and 92 never-before-published color photographs of North Korea, Simmons chronicles one of the strangest vacations ever. Along the way, she bares all while undergoing an inner journey as convoluted as the country itself.

Stars Between the Sun and Moon – Lucia Jang
Born in 1970s North Korea, Jang grew up in a typical household. But it was the beginning of a chaotic period with a decade-long famine resulting in more than a million deaths. This stunning demonstration of love and courage reflects the range of experiences many North Korean women have endured.

The Great Leader and The Fighter Pilot – Blaine Harden
Harden tells the riveting story of how Kim Il Sung grabbed power and plunged his country into war against the United States while the youngest fighter pilot in his air force was playing a high-risk game of deception and escape.

The Hidden People of North Korea – Ralph Hassig
Drawing on decades of experience, noted experts Ralph Hassig and Kongdan Oh explore a world few outsiders can imagine. The authors describe how the secretive and authoritarian government of Kim Jong-un shapes every aspect of its citizens’ lives, how the command socialist economy has utterly failed, and how ordinary individuals struggle to survive through small-scale capitalism.

Under the Same Sky – Joseph Kim
Inside the hidden and mysterious world of North Korea, Joseph Kim lived a young boy’s normal life until he was five. Then disaster struck: the first wave of the Great Famine, a long, terrible ordeal that killed millions, including his father, and sent others, like his mother and only sister, on desperate escape routes into China.

Tyranny of the Weak – Charles K. Armstrong
Reveals for the first time the motivations, processes, and effects of North Korea’s foreign relations during the Cold War era. Armstrong tells in vivid detail how North Korea managed its alliances with fellow communist states, maintained a precarious independence, attempted to reach out to the capitalist West and present itself as a model for Third World development, and confronted and engaged with its archenemies, the United States and South Korea.



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