Paper $21.00 ISBN: 9780745337852 Published October 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745337869 Published November 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Talking to North Korea

Ending the Nuclear Standoff

Glyn Ford

Talking to North Korea

Glyn Ford

Distributed for Pluto Press

240 pages | 50 halftones | 5 x 7 3/4 | © 2018
Paper $21.00 ISBN: 9780745337852 Published October 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745337869 Published November 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Few attempts have been made to understand the internal logic of Kim Jong-un’s regime and why life in North Korea is so difficult.
 
This provocative insider’s account blasts apart the myths which paint North Korea as a rogue state run by a mad leader. Informed by extraordinary access to the country's leadership, Glyn Ford investigates the regime from the inside, providing game-changing insights. Acknowledging that North Korea is a deeply flawed and barbaric state, he nonetheless shows that sections of the leadership are desperate to modernize and end their isolation.
 
With chapters on recent developments including the Trump / Kim summit, Ford supports a dialogue between East and West and provides a road map to avert the looming threat of a war that would threaten the lives of millions.

Contents
1. Introduction: The Pyongyang Paradox
Part I: Roots of the Present Crisis: Understanding North Korea’s History
2. Drawing the Iron Curtain
3. Kim’s Korea
4. Famine, Markets, Refugees and Human Rights 
Part II: Kim Jong Un: Continuity and Change
5. Economic Development, Nuclear Deterrent
6. Daily Life in North Korea
Part III: The Diplomatic Stage
7. The Nuclear Factor
8. Foreign Affairs between Rapprochement and Standoff
Conclusion: After the Singapore Summit
Notes
Index
 
Review Quotes
William Ury, cofounder of the Harvard Negotiation Project
“An insightful and provocative analysis.”
Chung-in Moon, Distinguished University Professor, Yonsei University
“A timely, perceptive, and penetrating analysis of North Korea. This is a must for those who are interested in contemporary North Korean affairs.”
 
Jeffrey D. Feltman, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs
“With almost fifty visits to the DPRK, Glyn Ford is one of the top European experts on the Korean Peninsula. Readers, whatever their political views, will find much to stimulate their thinking regarding one of the most important political-security issues of our time.”
Nicholas Bonner, Founder of Koryo Tours
“With direct access to North Korean government officials and a lifetime of observation and analysis of the country, Glyn Ford has insight like no other. A strongly recommended, impartial read, revealing previous political tricks and failures of 73 years of miscommunication and stagnation. . . . A possible path out of this mess.”
 
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