In This Review
Economic Growth and Structure in the Republic of Korea

Economic Growth and Structure in the Republic of Korea

By Paul W. Kuznets

Yale University Press, 1977, 238 pp.
Korean Pheonix: A Nation From the Ashes

Korean Pheonix: A Nation From the Ashes

By Michael Keon

Prentice-Hall, 1977, 234 pp.

Kuznets is scholarly, cautious and detached. Keon is an Australian journalist enraged at what he considers to be the superficial American reporting on South Korea, and he has written a hard-hitting brief for the Park government which deserves to be widely read. He paints a vivid picture of the South Korean president who sounds more like a puritan than a fascist and whose model seems to be the Meiji emperors of Japan, not Charles I. Kuznets, the son of the famous development economist, points out that the South Korean growth rates under the present regime have been among the world's highest. Also, as others have observed, growth in South Korea has been unusually equitable.