lucid, balanced, thoroughly credible account of the last 25 years on both sides
of the armistice line."—New
York Times Book Review
Two Koreas majestically fulfills Oberdorfer's goal of drawing
attention to the role outside powers have played in the two Koreas' history."
"[A] gripping narrative.... The Two Koreas is a
masterful analysis of one of the enduring Achilles' heels of US foreign
policy."—Los Angeles Review of Books
"[Oberdorfer's] gripping narrative should chasten our leaders and inform
our citizenry about the continuing perils and costs of America's involvement
with Korea...Oberdorfer is often definitive on that subject, deploying
information that even specialists do not know."—Bruce Cumings, Los Angeles Times
"A comprehensive and informative...account of postwar Korean history,
from the Korean War to the rise of democracy in the South to the
nuclear-weapons crisis in the North."—The Globe and Mail
"Engrossing, informative, wise. A
rare achievement, the best account yet of a tragically divided country."
—Ezra Vogel, Director, Asia Center, Harvard University
"This truly important work will, without question, become the standard
against which other books on modern Korea will be judged."
—Donald P. Gregg, former U.S. Ambassador to South Korea
"Oberdorfer is one of America's keenest analysts of the international
—James A. Baker III, former U.S. Secretary of State
the depth and authority of a first-rate textbook with the readability of a good
novel, [The Two Koreas] has proven to be a wonderful teaching tool for instructors
and students alike."
—Carter J. Eckert, Professor of Korean History, Harvard University
"A most timely book to understand what could happen if North Korea
implodes or attacks South Korea."
—St. Louis Post-Dispatch
emerges from The Two Koreas is a portrait of precisely why the
peninsula is so volatile: two rivals competing for national legitimacy in a
culture where compromise is tantamount to defeat.... Oberdorfer refrains from
punditry and predictions, letting his powerful material tell the story."