This thoughtful book provides a concise introduction to North Korea. The authors trace the country's history from its founding in 1948 and describe its current political, economic, social, and cultural life under the continued stranglehold of the Kim family.
Kongdan (Katy) Oh, whose parents fled from the northern half of Korea in 1945, has worked for more than thirty years as a policy analyst at the RAND Corporation and then at the Institute for Defense Analyses. Ralph Hassig taught for five years in Asia as an adjunct professor of psychology at the University of Maryland University College.. He and his wife, Kongdan Oh, are the authors of North Korea through the Looking Glass and The Hidden People of North Korea.