Military Review English Edition November-December 2015 - Page 143

BOOK REVIEWS NORTH KOREA: State of Paranoia Paul French, Zen Books, New York, 2014, 480 pages F or many, when they think about the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea), words like black hole, isolated, hermit kingdom, cult of personality, and even failed state often come to mind. However, few of us really have an accurate idea as to what is actually happening in North Korea. In North Korea, State of Paranoia, Paul French provides a glimpse behind the curtain and furthers our understanding of how North Korea b X