"North Korea, Another Country" by Bruce Cunnings

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This book is about the relationship between North Korea and USA. Bruce Cumings, the author is a professor of history at the University of Chicago. Throughout the entire book, he sounds as though he was a communist himself. Even though he asserted in the beginning that he has no sympathy or empathy, he tries to defend North Korea's position from all the accusations by contending that USA is responsible for almost everything. Cumings retells his experience of his trips to North Korea. He tells that north Koreans he met were warm, proud and dignified people and that these people have some kind of interaction and conduct and a sense of community that people from other third democratic nations(especially South Korea) do not have. Contrary to how North Korea is described in the media and by politicians, Cumings found North Korean very appealing to him. For example, many old ladies voluntarily clean the streets and hotels and a public restaurant do not allow people in unless the have some sort of a pass that shows that they had been to a public bathhouse the week before.

Cumings treid to let the readers know about the accomplishment of this mental North Korean regime by saying that North Korean government had many accomplishments such as superior health and education benefits prior to the recent famine. Then, Cumings contends that many democratic nations, especially USA on the top, spread misconceptions of North Korea through media. He says North Korea is a misunderstood Land due to USA's mistake. He criticize that USA tries to intervene too much. He then criticizes Bush administration intensely and compares the relationship with North Korea to the one with Iraq. He asserts the Korean War was the war between Koreans, so called the civil war, not American War, thus...