Understanding North Korea through its propaganda What do the North Koreans really believe? How do they see themselves and the world around them? Here BRMyers a North Korea analyst and a contributing editor of The Atlantic presents the first full length study of the North Korean worldview Drawing on extensive research into the regime'sdomestic propaganda including films romance novels and other artifacts of the personality cult Myers analyzes each of the country's official myths in turn from the notion of Koreans' uniquemoral purity to the myth of an America quaking in terror of the Iron General In a concise but groundbreaking historical section Myers also traces the origins of this official culture back to theJapanese fascist thought in which North Korea's first ideologues were schooled What emerges is a regime completely unlike the West's perception of it This is neither a bastion ofStalinism nor a Confucian patriarchy but a paranoid nationalist military first state on the far right of the ideological spectrum Since popular support for the North Koreanregime now derives almost exclusively from pride in North Korean military might Pyongyang can neither be cajoled nor bullied into giving up its nuclear program The implications for US foreign policy which hashitherto treated North Korea as the last outpost of the Cold War are as obvious as they are troubling With North Korea now calling for a blood reckoning with the Yankeejackals Myers's unprecedented analysis could not be timely From the Hardcover edition


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