Author(s): Paul French
North Korea is a country that continues to make headlines - arousing curiosity and fear in equal measure. The world's most secretive nuclear power, it is a nation that still has Gulag-style prison camps, no internet and bans its people from talking to foreigners without official approval. In this remarkable and eye-opening book, internationally bestselling author Paul French examines in forensic detail the history and politics of North Korea, Pyongyang's complex relations with South Korea, Japan, China and America, and the implications of Kim Jong-un's increasingly belligerent leadership following the death of his father, Kim Jong-il. As an already unstable North Korea grows ever more unpredictable, antagonising enemies and allies alike, State of Paranoia delivers a provocative and frightening account of a potentially explosive nuclear tripwire.
Born in London and educated there and in Glasgow, Paul French has lived and worked in Shanghai for many years. As a leading expert on North Korea he is a widely published analyst and commentator on Asia and has written a number of books dealing with China's pre-1949 history, Asian politics and current affairs. His previous books include a history of North Korea, a biography of Shanghai adman and adventurer Carl Crow, and a history of foreign correspondents in China. Paul was awarded the 2013 Edgar for best fact crime for his international best seller 'Midnight in Peking'.
Empty Shelves 1. A Normal Day in Pyongyang 2. The Juche State 3. The Revolutionary Dynasty Part 2: The Economics of North Korea: Chollima, Speed Battles, Collapse and Famine 4. Economics Pyongyang Style 5. The Worst of Times - Food, Famine & the Arduous March 6. The Start of a Sort of Reform 7. The Reality of Reform Part 3: Diplomacy and Military: Foreign Relations, Nuclear Crisis and Self-Defence 8. Don't Poke the Snake - A fragile relationship between the US and DPRK 9. Nuclear Ambitions Unveiled 10. Military-First Emerges Part 4: Change, Collapse and Reunification 11. The Dream of Reunification 12. How will it all end? 13. The World's Most Dangerous Tripwire