University of Michigan Selects The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves and Why it Matters for World Politics Course

June 17, 2010 at 7:03 pm Leave a comment

For years, North Korea watchers who speak no Korean have been confidently telling the world what motivates Kim Jong-Il. But in The Cleanest Race, B.R. Myers, a North Korea analyst and contributing editor of the Atlantic Monthly, presents the first full-length study of the North Korean worldview. In a lavishly illustrated work that draws on extensive research into the regime’s domestic propaganda, including films, romance novels and other artifacts of the personality cult, Myers analyzes each of the country’s official myths in turn—from the notion of Koreans’ unique moral purity, to the myth of an America quaking in terror of “the Iron General.” And in a groundbreaking historical section, Myers also traces the origins of this official culture back to the Japanese fascist thought in which North Korea’s first ideologues were schooled. 

University of Michigan has adopted the book for its Introduction to World Politics course this fall.

“Electrifying… finely argued and brilliantly written… The illustrations in this book are an education in themselves.”—Christopher Hitchens

“Provocative… A fascinating analysis.”—Dwight Garner, The New York Times

B.R. Myers Discusses North Korea On National Public Radio:

On Point: “Bill Clinton’s North Korea Mission”

—August 5, 2009 Click here for interview.

On Point: “North Korea: Behind the Curtain”

—June 8, 2009 Click here for interview

Morning Edition: “North Korean Launch Grabs World’s Attention”

—April 6, 2009 Click here for interview

To order an examination copy, click here.

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