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    The North Korean Threat in a Changing Era


    I will preface this by saying I have a degree in International Relations with a speciality on North East Asian studies and the History of Warfare. I’m no expert, but I know enough about the history and politics of the region to know when someone is seriously divergent from general academic consensus on a topic.

    I have read plenty of books about politics in my life. Some I loved, some I hated, and some have just frustrated me. This book falls into the latter category.

    Bechtol tries to unpack the history, culture, and future aspirations of North Korea in a series of short essays, each designed to explore in depth a particular element of this ‘mysterious country’. The basic premise of this book is that during Kim Jong-il’s regime from 1994-2011, the threat that North Korea posed to the rest of the world intensified. Bechtol points to the ‘conventional military threat’, strategy on the Northern Limit line, nuclear capabilities, support for foreign terrorists and the political succession process as key areas where North Korea poses a threat.

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    I should put some kind of spoiler alert here as to explain my feelings about this book I will most likely end up giving away key twists and possibly the ending.

    Yours is mine is written from the perspective of the different characters, mostly the story is told by Kate, a solicitor who is taking a long home based sabbatical following the very traumatic experience of nursing her father who recently passed away. Kate’s husband, a naval officer, is currently away on deployment when Kate receives an email out of the blue inviting her to switch lives for 3 months as part of a PhD experiment.

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    This book is about a young girl who was training to win Gold in the Olympics at skiing. She then had an accident on a ski lift that left her paralysed from the waist down. Whilst a tragic story, this book shows how something like this can be turned into something amazing, and touch other lives in a way you would not think possible.

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    A rather late review, but, as they say, better late than never. However, never may have been better for this book!! I'm the kind of person who has to read a book to the end, no matter how bad, but this book was a real struggle.

    This book is about a young Englishman who inherits a large amount of money, so leave University in England in 1817 and travelled to Venezuela to fight for liberty. It follows his travels through America and Australia and back to the UK.

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    This story begins in Italy in 1492, and follows the story of 5-year old Mura, daughter of a Spanish book seller, through the events of her life until adulthood.

    It is set against the backdrop of the Medici era.

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