They Think They're Normal: Enduring Questions and New Research on North Korea—A Review Essay

  title={They Think They're Normal: Enduring Questions and New Research on North Korea—A Review Essay},
  author={David C. Kang},
  journal={International Security},
  • David C. Kang
  • Published 1 January 2012
  • Political Science
  • International Security
A wave of recent scholarship, built on rich empirical research, provides new perspectives on enduring questions about North Korea. Three books, in particular—Patrick McEachern's Inside the Red Box, Stephan Haggard and Marcus Noland's Famine in North Korea, and Suk-Young Kim's Illusive Utopia—present a comprehensive and panoramic vision of North Korea today. This essay reviews these books and makes two overarching arguments. First, North Korea is more “normal” than is often thought, and its… 
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