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.

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

Author Title Genre / keywords F/S Rating
Barclay, Jennifer Meeting Mr Kim (2008) Travel F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Bartlett, Raymond + Lee, Brandon Korea Chic (2009) Travel F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Buswell, Robert E Jr The Zen Monastic Experience Buddhism F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Chang, Sea-jin Sony vs Samsung (2008) Business F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Choi, Jinhee The South Korean Film Renaissance (2010) Film F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Chung Hye-seung Kim Ki-duk (2012) Film F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Chung, Nicole All you can ever know (2018) Memoir, Diaspora, Adoption S SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Chung, Steven Split Screen Korea – Shin Sang-ok and Postwar Cinema (2014) Film, North Korea, Modern History F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Daehaeng Kun Sunim No River to Cross (2007) Buddhism S SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Demick, Barbara Nothing to Envy (2010) North Korea F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Everard, John Only Beautiful Please (2012) Memoir, Travel, North Korea F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Fisher, Paul A Kim Jong-il Production (2015) Film, North Korea, Modern History, Biography F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Ford, Glyn North Korea on the Brink (2008) Modern history, North Korea F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Gibb, Michael A Slow Walk through Jeong-dong (2011) Travel, History F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Haemin Sunim The things you can see only when you slow down Mindfulness, Buddhism S SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Halberstam, David The Coldest Winter (2007) Korean War, Modern history F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Harden, Blaine Escape from Camp 14 (2015) Memoir, Modern history, North Korea SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Harden, Blaine King of Spies (2018) Modern history F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Hastings, Max The Korean War (1987) Korean War, Modern history F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Jang Jin-sung Dear Leader (2014) Memoir, Modern History, North Korea S SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Jenkins, Charles The Reluctant Communist (2008) Memoir, North Korea, Modern History F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Kang Jae-eun Land of Scholars (2003) History, Confucianism F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Kim, Kyung-hyun Virtual Hallyu (2011) Film F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Kym, Min Gone (2017) Memoir, Diaspora, Music F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Kim, Suki Without You, There Is No Us (2015) Memoir, North Korea, Modern History F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Kirk, Donald Korean Crisis: Unraveling of the Miracle in the IMF Era (1999) Business, Economy, Modern history F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Korea Historical Research Association A History of Korea (1992) History, Politics F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Lankov, Andrei The Dawn of Modern Korea (2008) Reportage, Modern History, Society F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Lee, Julayne Not my White Savior (2018) Memoir, Diaspora, Adoption S SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Lee Si-woo Life on the Edge of the DMZ (2008) Travel, North Korea, Modern history F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Lee Yil Dynamics of Expansion and Reduction (2018) Art History F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Lewis, James B Frontier Contact Between Chosŏn Korea and Tokugawa Japan History F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Michell, Tony Samsung Electronics (2010) Business F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Pak Chiwon The Jehol Diary (1780) Memoir, Travel, History F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Paik Sun Yup From Pusan to Panmunjom (1992) Memoir, Korean War, Modern history F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Paquet, Darcy New Korean Cinema (2009) Film F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Pettid, Michael Korean Cuisine – an illustrated history (2008) Food, History F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Russell, Mark James Pop Goes Korea (2008) Hallyu, Entertainment Industry F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Salmon, Andrew To the Last Round (2009) Modern History, Korean War F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Shepherd, Roger + Douch, Andrew Walking the Baekdu-Daegan trail (2010) Travel F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Springer, Chris North Korea Caught in Time (2010) North Korea, Modern History, Coffee Table F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Stubbs, Richard Rethinking Asia’s Economic Miracle (2005) Economy, Modern History F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Suh Sung Unbroken Spirits: 19 Years in Prison (1994) Memoir, Modern History F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Thomas, Cullen Brother One Cell (2007) Memoir F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Thompson, Reginald Cry Korea (1951) Reportage, Korean War, Modern history F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Yoon Jungu Spirituality in Contemporary Art (2010) Visual Arts, Buddhism, Spirituality F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne

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