The Cleanest Race by B.R. Myers
How North Koreans See Themselves and Why It Matters

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 2 Critic Reviews

unrated

Synopsis

Understanding North Korea through its propaganda

What do the North Koreans really believe? How do they see themselves and the world around them?

Here B.R. Myers, 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’s domestic 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’ unique moral 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 the Japanese 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 of Stalinism 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 Korean regime 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 has hitherto 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 “Yankee jackals,” Myers’s unprecedented analysis could not be more timely.


From the Hardcover edition.
 

About B.R. Myers

See more books from this Author
B.R. Myers was born in New Jersey and raised in Bermuda, South Africa and Germany. He has a Ph.D. in North Korean Studies from the University of Tubingen in Germany. His books include Han Sorya and North Korean Literature (Cornell East Asia Series, 1994) and A Reader's Manifesto (Melville House, 2002). At present he directs the international studies department at Dongseo University in South Korea. In addition to writing literary criticism for the American magazine The Atlantic, of which he is a contributing editor, Myers regularly contributes articles on North Korea to the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and academic publications.
 
Published February 1, 2011 by Melville House. 224 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Travel, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for The Cleanest Race

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

A particularly nasty strain of racist propaganda has enabled North Korea's dictatorship to maintain power, according to this fascinating cultural survey. An American-born, South Korea-based instr

Jan 25 2010 | Read Full Review of The Cleanest Race: How North ...

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

A particularly nasty strain of racist propaganda has enabled North Korea's dictatorship to maintain power, according to this fascinating cultural survey. An American-born, South Korea-based instr

Jan 25 2010 | Read Full Review of The Cleanest Race: How North ...

Reader Rating for The Cleanest Race
76%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 105 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×