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North Korea Today
North Korea Today
Edited by Robert A. Scalapino and Jun-Yop Kim
Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, 1983, 370 pp
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North Korea remains one of the most secretive, closed, highly militarized totalitarian states in the world today. It is organized around a personality cult carried to such an extreme that all citizens are required to wear a button with the picture of Kim Il-song whenever they appear in public. Yet the future course of North Korea will affect the strategic balance in Northeast Asia and the chances for a stable peace with South Korea. What little is known about the North is meticulously assembled and analyzed in this pioneering volume.