The Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science at Columbia University selects the most important books on Asia published during the last year. Here are his reviews, culled from recent issues of the magazine.
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This is a meaty, fast-paced portrait of North Korean society, economy, politics, and foreign policy by an expert who has studied the regime as a scholar and interacted with its officials while serving on the National Security Council under U.S. President George W. Bush.
India’s economic reforms of the 1980s through the first decade of this century unleashed private enterprise, encouraged foreign investment, and expanded foreign trade. Kohli calls this economic strategy “pro-business” rather than “pro-market” because it coddles big firms.
The politicization of prosecutions for corruption in China makes official data untrustworthy, but Wedeman has still found plausible ways to assess different types of corruption and their frequency.