This remarkable book will establish itself as the most significant work on the Park period. -- Stephan Haggard, Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, University of California San Diego
Byung-Kook Kim is Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Korea University. Ezra F. Vogel is the author of numerous books on Japan and China, including Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography and winner of the Lionel Gelber Prize and named Best Book by The Economist, Washington Post, and Financial Times. It was also a Wall Street Journal Book of the Year, New York Times Editors' Choice, and Gates Notes Top Read. He is the author of the classic work Japan as Number One, whose Japanese edition topped the bestseller list there for many years. He is Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus at Harvard University. Jorge I. Dominguez is Antonio Medero Professor of Mexican and Latin American Politics and Economics at Harvard University.
Park emerges in these essays as a remarkably skillful politician, and the political dimensions of almost all economic policies were foremost in his calculations...This excellent collection of essays convincingly argues that any examination of South Korea as a model of how a poor country can climb out of poverty needs to factor in the personality of Park Chung Hee and the domestic and international politics of the time. -- Michael J. Seth The Historian 20120401 This significant work on the Park Chung Hee era is composed of 21 chapters by as many Korean specialists...The work provides an enhanced understanding of the political and economic goals of Park Chung Hee (i.e., rich country and strong military) and the forceful means he was willing to use to achieve these goals. The scope and insightfulness of this collection of essays on this critical period in South Korean history make it a must for undergraduate and graduate library collections on Korea. It is strongly recommended for private collections on Korea as well. -- J. M. Peek Choice 20111101 Somehow [this] escaped the notice of much of the broader world...This [collection] is superb, as it offers a very detailed and also fairly comprehensive look at the seminal years for South Korean economic growth...Not everyone will want 650 pp. on economic (and other) policy under South Korean autocracy, but if you do this is the book for you. -- Tyler Cowen Marginal Revolution 20120813