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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

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.