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9780312240172

Korea Betrayed Kim Dae Jung and Sunshine

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  • ISBN13:

    9780312240172

  • ISBN10:

    0312240171

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-12-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Summary

For the first time, using original sources and his own reporting going back to 1972 when he met Kim Dae Jung at his home in Seoul, Donald Kirk explores the great untold story of modern Korean history. This book recounts the rise of Kim Dae Jung from an oppressed region of Korea, beginning with his schooldays, his activities in the Korean War and his entry into politics. The book addresses his populist politics, his ascent to the national stage and his encounters first with the dictators who tried to take his life and then had him tried and sentenced to death for the Kwangju revolt. The book outlines DJ's life in exile in the United States, his great return to Korea and his entry into presidential politics climaxed by his election in 1997 at the height of economic crisis. Focusing on DJ's Sunshine policy, his summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Il and his drive for the Nobel, the book tells the story of payments that brought about the summit and the prize as well as the corruption that ensnared his sons and top aides.

Author Biography

Donald Kirk, journalist and author, has covered Korea for American newspapers and magazines beginning with assignments there as Far East correspondent for the Chicago Tribune in the early 1970s. Since then he’s reported from Korea for The Observer of London and USA Today and served as Seoul correspondent for the International Herald Tribune, the Christian Science Monitor, CBS Radio and the Asia Times. He is the author of two books on Korean economic issues, Korean Dynasty: Hyundai and Chung Ju Yung and Korean Crisis: Unraveling of the Miracle in the IMF Era as well as books on his years as a war correspondent in Vietnam and a Fulbright research scholar in the Philippines. He currently travels to Korea and elsewhere from his home base in Washington, D.C.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Man from Mokpop. 1
People's Choicep. 17
Matador Politicsp. 33
Time of Violencep. 51
On Trial for Democracyp. 67
From Prison to Exilep. 85
Birth of Democracyp. 103
In Democratic Oppositionp. 119
Dawn of Sunshinep. 137
Sunshine at Its Zenithp. 155
Sunshine under Firep. 173
Time of Corruptionp. 191
Epilogue: Nobel Obligep. 209
Notesp. 217
Bibliographyp. 233
Indexp. 239
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