'Lynn's book is a rich and elegant tour de force that both informs and challenges conventional perspectives on the two Koreas on multiple levels, from politics to popular culture, and re-affirms the importance of understanding the present and future of the divided peninsula in the context of its deeply-textured past. Among the plethora of recent books on Korea, this is one that truly stands out-a "must-read" for anyone interested in contemporary Korea, professional and layman alike.'
Carter J. Eckert, Yoon Se Young Professor of Korean History, Harvard University
'This book reflects the diversity of the author's long experiences on the Korean Peninsula and gives a vivid sense of the great variety of people that inhabit North and South Korea. It is an effective and dynamic work that argues that there is no "end of history" for the two Koreas.'
Tae Gyun Park, Seoul National University
'Hyung Gu Lynn has written a concise, well-judged and most useful analysis of the Korean peninsula since the fall of the Berlin Wall. South Korea’s continuing democratization and development toward the 10th-ranking industrial power of the world, combined with North Korea’s unexpected persistence since 1989, both raise important questions about the 'end of history' narrative.'
Bruce Cumings, University of Chicago
'This book will serve as a good introductory analysis to the complexity of the post-1989 Korean arena for Asian studies, political science and even economics students, as well as for policy makes who strive to understand what is happening in the Korean Peninsula.'
Alon Levkowitz, Tel-Aviv University, Pacific Affairs