Index of book reviews – non-fiction

Here are some of the non-fiction books we’ve read over the years, together with a highly subjective rating. The ratings system is explained here. Links are provided to the individual reviews, though sometimes, when we liked a book but haven’t yet had a chance to articulate why, we nevertheless provide a rating to encourage others to invest. (Keep visiting this page – there’s a backlog of earlier reviews that I haven’t yet had a chance to include in this list)

F = a more or less Full length review
S = a Short, mini-review – a one or two-liner

AuthorTitleGenre / keywordsF/SRating
Barclay, JenniferMeeting Mr Kim (2008)TravelFscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-0
Bartlett, Raymond + Lee, BrandonKorea Chic (2009)TravelFscore-2score-0score-0score-0score-0
Buswell, Robert E JrThe Zen Monastic Experience (1992)BuddhismFscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-0
Burgeson, J ScottKorea Bug (2005)Society, Contemporary Culture, Art, MusicFscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-2
Chang Ha-joonBad Samaritans (2007)EconomicsFscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-1
Chang Sea-jinSony vs Samsung (2008)BusinessFscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-0
Choi JinheeThe South Korean Film Renaissance (2010)FilmFscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-0
Chung Hye-seungKim Ki-duk (2012)FilmFscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-1
Chung, NicoleAll you can ever know (2018)Memoir, Diaspora, AdoptionSscore-2score-2score-2score-1score-0
Chung, StevenSplit Screen Korea – Shin Sang-ok and Postwar Cinema (2014)Film, North Korea, Modern HistoryFscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-0
Coyner, Tom + Jang Song-hyonMastering business in Korea (2007)Business, SocietyFscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-1
Daehaeng Kun SunimNo River to Cross (2007)BuddhismSscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-2
Demick, BarbaraNothing to Envy (2010)North KoreaFscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-2
Everard, JohnOnly Beautiful Please (2012)Memoir, Travel, North KoreaFscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-0
Fifield, AnnaThe Great Successor (2019)North KoreaSscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-1
Fisher, PaulA Kim Jong-il Production (2015)Film, North Korea, Modern History, BiographyFscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-1
Ford, GlynNorth Korea on the Brink (2008)Modern history, North KoreaFscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-0
Gibb, MichaelA Slow Walk through Jeong-dong (2011)Travel, HistoryFscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-1
Gowans, StephenPatriots, Traitors and Empires (2018)North KoreaSscore-2score-2score-0score-0score-0
Haemin SunimThe things you can see only when you slow downMindfulness, BuddhismSscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-1
Halberstam, DavidThe Coldest Winter (2007)Korean War, Modern historyFscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-1
Harden, BlaineEscape from Camp 14 (2015)Memoir, Modern history, North Koreascore-2score-2score-2score-2score-0
Harden, BlaineKing of Spies (2018)Modern historyFscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-0
Hastings, MaxThe Korean War (1987)Korean War, Modern historyFscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-2
Hawley, SamuelThe Imjin War (2005)History, Joseon DynastyFscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-2
Hong, Y EunyThe Birth of Korean Cool (2014)Contemporary cultureFscore-2score-2score-2score-1score-0
Hong, Y EunyThe Power of Nunchi (2019)Contemporary cultureSscore-2score-2score-0score-0score-0
Jang Jin-sungDear Leader (2014)Memoir, Modern History, North KoreaSscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-1
Jenkins, CharlesThe Reluctant Communist (2008)Memoir, North Korea, Modern HistoryFscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-2
Jeppesen, TravisSee you again in Pyongyang (2018)Memoir, North Korea, TravelSscore-2score-2score-2score-1score-0
Kang Chol-hwanAquariums of Pyongyang (2001)North Korea, MemoirSscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-1
Kang Jae-eunLand of Scholars (2003)History, ConfucianismFscore-2score-2score-2score-0score-0
Kim, Kyung-hyunVirtual Hallyu (2011)FilmFscore-2score-2score-0score-0score-0
Kym, MinGone (2017)Memoir, Diaspora, MusicFscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-2
Kim, SukiWithout You, There Is No Us (2015)Memoir, North Korea, Modern HistoryFscore-2score-2score-1score-0score-0
Kim Young-jinLee Chang-dong (2007)FilmFscore-2score-2score-1score-0score-0
Kirk, DonaldKorean Crisis: Unraveling of the Miracle in the IMF Era (1999)Business, Economy, Modern historyFscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-0
Korea Historical Research AssociationA History of Korea (1992)History, PoliticsFscore-2score-2score-0score-0score-0
Lankov, AndreiThe Dawn of Modern Korea (2008)Reportage, Modern History, SocietyFscore-2score-2score-2score-1score-0
Lee, JulayneNot my White Savior (2018)Memoir, Diaspora, AdoptionSscore-2score-2score-2score-1score-0
Lee Si-wooLife on the Edge of the DMZ (2008)Travel, North Korea, Modern historyFscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-0
Lee YilDynamics of Expansion and Reduction (2018)Art HistoryFscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-0
Leong, AnthonyKorean Cinema – the new Hong Kong (2002)FilmSscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-0
Lewis, James BFrontier Contact Between Chosŏn Korea and Tokugawa JapanHistory, Joseon DynastyFscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-0
Michell, TonySamsung Electronics (2010)BusinessFscore-2score-2score-2score-1score-0
Pak ChiwonThe Jehol Diary (1780)Memoir, Travel, HistoryFscore-2score-2score-2score-0score-0
Paik Sun YupFrom Pusan to Panmunjom (1992)Memoir, Korean War, Modern historyFscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-1
Paik Sunoo, BrendaSeaweed and Shamans (2006)MemoirFscore-2score-2score-2score-1score-0
Paquet, DarcyNew Korean Cinema (2009)FilmFscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-2
Pettid, MichaelKorean Cuisine – an illustrated history (2008)Food, HistoryFscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-0
Russell, Mark JamesPop Goes Korea (2008)Hallyu, Entertainment IndustryFscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-2
Salmon, AndrewTo the Last Round (2009)Modern History, Korean WarFscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-1
Shepherd, Roger + Douch, AndrewWalking the Baekdu-Daegan trail (2010)TravelFscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-0
Shin, Chi-yun + Julian StringerNew Korean Cinema (2005)FilmFscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-0
Springer, ChrisNorth Korea Caught in Time (2010)North Korea, Modern History, Coffee TableFscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-1
Stubbs, RichardRethinking Asia’s Economic Miracle (2005)Economy, Modern HistoryFscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-0
Suh SungUnbroken Spirits: 19 Years in Prison (1994)Memoir, Modern HistoryFscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-1
Thomas, CullenBrother One Cell (2007)MemoirFscore-2score-2score-0score-0score-0
Thompson, ReginaldCry Korea (1951)Reportage, Korean War, Modern historyFscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-0
Yoon JunguSpirituality in Contemporary Art (2010)Visual Arts, Buddhism, SpiritualityFscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-0