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KOREA. Buy these 4 items as a set for $72 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

Korea's Place in the Sun, A Modern History

KOR03
Bruce Cumings
W. W. Norton & Company
2005
527
0393327027
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A provocative, spirited history of the two Koreas since World War II for the general reader, highly recommended. It includes a chapter on Korean-Americans, and ends with a lively discussion of Korea's place in the world at the end of the 20th century. New edition.
$19.95

Korea, A Walk Through the Land of Miracles

KOR16
Simon Winchester
HarperCollins
2005
336
0060750448
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Winchester, in his familiar and engaging style, blends travel, history and reporting in this insightful account of a walk across Korea in 1988. With a map and black-and-white photographs.
$15.99

Lonely Planet Korea

KOR04
Andrew Bender
Lonely Planet Publications
2016
424
1743215002
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
In its hallmark style, this practical guide to Korea by Lonely Planet features maps, a good overview of culture, history and nature, and much nuts-and-bolts information on excursions, accommodations and sightseeing. With 50 pages on North Korea.
$27.99

South Korea & Seoul Map

KOR09
ITMB
ITMB
2017
2
155341277X
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A convenient folded map of South Korea at the very good scale of 1:550,000.
$12.95

Culture Smart! Korea

KOR20
James Hoare
Kuperard
2012
168
1857333659
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A concise, well-illustrated and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture.
$11.99

Lonely Planet Korean Phrasebook

KOR43
Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet Publications
2016
272
1743214464
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This handy pocket phrasebook includes pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary.
$9.99

Lonely Planet Seoul

KOR13
Robert Storey
Lonely Planet Publications
2016
224
1743210027
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive, informative city guide. Storey has written many of the Asia guides for Lonely Planet.
$21.99

Eating Korea, Reports on a Culinary Renaissance

KOR78
Graham Holliday
HarperCollins
2017
320
0062400762
HARD COVER
Food
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0
0
0
Holliday (Eating Viet Nam, VNM177) continues his mouth-watering series of culinary reportage with this installment on Korea.
$26.99

Brothers at War, The Unending Conflict in Korea

KOR67
Sheila Miyoshi Jager
W. W. Norton & Company
2014
605
0393348857
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Balancing American, Korean, Soviet and Chinese perspectives, Jager explores the Korean War from its origins to its global implications and lasting impact in today’s political economy.
$18.95

Korea's Twentieth-Century Odyssey

KOR50
Michael E. Robinson
University of Hawaii Press
2007
220
0824831748
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Robinson traces the modern history of Korea with admirable brevity. His survey of the 20th century covers the colonial period, the independence movement, the split between North and South Korea and the claims of both nation-states. Recommended for college-level courses or the general reader.
$25.00

Nothing to Envy, Ordinary Lives in North Korea

KOR44
Barbara Demick
Spiegel & Grau
2010
336
0385523912
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Demick follows the lives of six North Koreans over 15 years -- a chaotic period that saw the rise to power of Kim Jong Il and the devastation of a famine that killed one-fifth of the population.
$17.00

The Coldest Winter, America and the Korean War

KOR34
David Halberstam
Hyperion
2007
719
1401300529
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
In a powerful new history of the Korean War, Pulitzer-winning Halberstam combines research, detail and reportorial skill miscalculations of General Douglas MacArthur.
$35.00

The Korean War, A History

KOR51
Bruce Cumings
Modern Library
2011
176
081297896X
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Leading Korean War scholar Cumings covers the war from both the Korean and American perspectives, including its impact on Americans at home, in this succinct and authoritative text. An excellent resource for students, scholars and anyone wanting to unders
$17.00

The Koreans: Who They Are, What They Want, Where Their Future Lies

KOR08
Michael Breen
Griffin Publishing
2004
304
0312242115
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
An account of modern Korean culture, politics, religion, history and economics by a British journalist.
$18.99

Korea, As Seen by Magnum Photographers

KOR36
Bruce Cumings, Magnum (Photographer)
W. W. Norton & Company
2008
304
0393067742
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
More than 230 full-color images by some of the world's most-renowned photographers capture the natural history, ancient temples, traditions and modern marvels of this dynamic, rapidly developing country.
$75.00

The Aquariums of Pyongyang, Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag

KOR22
Kang Chol-Hwan, Pierre Rigoulot
Hachette
2005
256
0465011047
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
At the age of nine Kang Chol-Hwan was sent with his family to a remote concentration camp by the North Korean government, where he remained for the next ten years. Now a journalist in South Korea, Chol-Hwan describes his brutalized childhood in a stark, direct style.
$16.99

Without You, There Is No Us, My Time With the Sons of North Korea's Elite

KOR71
Suki Kim
Broadway Books
2015
304
0307720667
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
In this stirring memoir, South Korean writer-journalist Suki Kim recounts her experiences teaching heartbreakingly brainwashed students at a North Korean university -- a censored, prison-like environment.
$15.00

The Story of Hong Gildong

KOR75
Minsoo Kang (Translator)
Penguin Putnam
2016
128
0143107690
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Arguably the most important work of classic Korean fiction, Hong Gildong is the tale of a noble, righteous outlaw (similar to Robin Hood) who vanquishes monsters, invading kingdoms and assassins. A new Penguin Classics edition.
$15.00

A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Japan and North-East Asia

JPN264
Shimba Tadao
Yale University Press
2008
512
0300135564
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
This comprehensive guide, featuring 800 color photo-graphs, up-to-date range maps and identification, covers the birds of not only Japan but also neighboring mainland Korea, Northeast China and Eastern Siberia.
$44.00

Birds of East Asia: China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, and Russia

JPN332
Mark Brazil
Princeton University Press
2009
520
0691139261
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
Featuring 234 superb color plates, Brazil's comprehensive guide includes birds found in Japan, Korea and Taiwan along with adjacent areas of Asia and Kamchatka.
$39.95

For Kids

Asian Children's Favorite Stories

ASA56
Patrick Yee (Illustrator), Liana Romulo, Joan Suyenaga, Kay Lyons
Charles E. Tuttle Company
2006
112
0804836698
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Subtitled "A treasury of folktales from China, Japan, Korea, India, The Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia," this is a wonderful collection of 13 traditional stories.
$24.95

A Step from Heaven

KOR33
an Na
Puffin
2003
160
0142500275
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
The struggles of young Ju and her family give powerful dramatization to the Korean immigrant expexerience in America. Winner of the ALA Printz Award for teenage literature.
$7.99

My First Book of Korean Words: An ABC Rhyming Book

KOR79
Aya Padron (Illustrator), Henry Amen, Kyubyong Park
Charles E. Tuttle Company
2017
32
0804849404
HARD COVER
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Geared towards young readers ages 3 to 8, this illustrated introduction to the Korean language is a fun way for children (and their parents!) to learn common words and phrases, with an emphasis on the basic sounds.
$10.95

More Books

Soul of the Tiger, Searching for Nature's Answers in Southeast Asia

SEA02
Jeffrey A. McNeely, Paul Spencer Sochaczewski
University of Hawaii Press
1995
432
0824816692
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
A meditation on the role of animals and nature in the societies of Southeast Asia. With dark humor, the authors wax philosophical about conservation issues throughout the region.
$18.99

Khubilai Khan, His Life and Times

CAS10
Morris Rossabi
University of California Press
2009
348
0520261321
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
This fascinating, scholarly portrait of the culture and politics of 13th-century Asia examines Khubilai Khan's rise to power, the submission of Korea and the attempted invasion of Japan.
$34.95

Pimsleur Quick & Simple Korean

KOR17
Pimsleur Language Method
Simon and Schuster Inc.
2005
0743536118
AUDIO CD
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
Four audio CDs with eight 30-minute lessons in basic Korean, covering elementary vocabulary and phrases used in travel and everyday situations.
$19.95

Rogue Regime, Kim Jong Il and the Looming Threat of North Korea

KOR19
Jasper Becker
Oxford University Press
2006
300
019517044X
PAPER
History
0
0
0
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A seasoned Asia corespondent, Becker warns of the dangers posed by the North Korean regime in this unflinching overview of the horrors inflicted upon the Korean people by father and son Kim.
$18.95

Under The Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader, North Korea and the Kim Dynasty

KOR18
Bradley K. Martin
St. Martin's Press
2006
876
0312323220
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
A detailed portrait of Kim Il Sung and his son and successor Kim Jong-Il, their monstrous egos, appetites and monuments, and of the relationship of North Korea to the rest of the world, by a Newsweek bureau chief.
$29.99

A Woman's Asia

ASA49
Marybeth Bond (Editor)
Traveler's Tales
2005
310
1932361197
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
These thirty-five personal, often hilarious accounts of women's adventures from China to Sri Lanka to Turkey to Bhutan, not only illuminating the everyday, oft-overlooked cultural practices of Asia, but also giving a glimpse into the thoughts and feelings of the female traveller.
$17.95

North Korea, Another Country

KOR21
Bruce Cumings
New Press
2004
256
156584940X
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A provocative examination of North Korea that contradicts many commonly held assumptions. Bruce Cumings is a professor of history at Chicago University and an expert on North Korea.
$15.95

Kim Il Sung, The North Korean Leader

KOR25
Dae-Sook Suh
Columbia University Press
1995
443
0231065736
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
A historical study of the first North Korean president Il Sum King. Dae-Sook Suh is the Director of the Center for Korean Studies at the University of Hawaii.
$36.00

Hungry For Peace, International Security, Humanitarian Assistance, And Social Change In North Korea

KOR26
Hazel Smith
Aa Balkema
2005
339
1929223587
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A study of the famine that devastated North Korea during the 1990's and it's consequences. Author Hazel Smith argues that the famine caused North Korea to adjust in more ways than the West realizes.
$19.95

Comrades and Strangers, Behind the Closed Doors of North Korea

KOR27
Michael Harrold
John Wiley & Sons Inc.
2004
432
0470869763
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
As the first Briton to live and work in North Korea under President Kim Il Sung's regime, author Michael Harrold gained unprecedented insight into the lives of elite and everyday North Koreans before he was asked to leave in 1994.
$29.95

Bradt North Korea

KOR28
Robert Willoughby
Bradt Publications
2014
288
1841624764
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A practical, detailed overview of North Korea with information on tours, red tape and security issues, national parks, restaurants and cultural concerns.
$29.99

Communism, A History

GEN367
Richard Pipes
Modern Library
2003
192
0812968646
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This short, fiercely critical history of communism provides a compelling overview, from the ideas of Karl Marx to the end of the 20th century.
$18.00

Pyongyang, A Journey in North Korea

KOR30
Guy Delisle
Drawn & Quarterly
2007
184
1897299214
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
DeLisle captures the absurd, nightmarish and bizarre of life in North Korea under Kim Jong Il in this graphic novel of his two-month-long stint overseeing animation for a French kid's show.
$14.95

Korea Map

KOR31
Nelles
Nelles Guides
2012
2
3886185443
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A detailed, full-color travel map covering both North and South Korea at a scale of 1:1,500,000.
$13.95

Korean, Start Speaking Today

KOR32
Language/30
Educational Services Corporation
1993
0910542619
AUDIO CD
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
A 90-minute crash course in Korean, featured on compact disc with a phrasebook.
$24.95

The Abacus and the Sword, The Japanese Penetration of Korea, 1895-1910

JPN254
Peter Duus
University of California Press
1998
498
0520213610
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
In this scholarly analysis, Duus argues that Japanese aggression at the dawn of the 20th century was driven by both military and political gains (the sword), and economic gain (the abacus).
$36.95

Insight Guide South Korea

KOR37
Insight Guides
Insight Guides
2016
320
1780059310
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
With stunning, color photography on every page, hundreds of maps and indepth essays on history, culture and attractions.
$24.99

Rough Guide Korea

KOR35
Rough Guides
Rough Guides
2011
400
1843538105
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive guide to Korea in the hip, literate and very infomative Rough Guide style.
$25.99

The Making of Modern Korea

SEA68
Adrian Buzo
Routledge
2008
213
0415414830
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A thorough, balanced and engaging history of Korea from 1910 to the present day.
$49.95

Shamans, Housewives, and Other Restless Spirits, Women in Korean Ritual Life

KOR39
Laurel Kendall
University of Hawaii Press
1987
248
0824811429
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A unique portrait of shamans, women, gods and goddesses, and the manner in which they addressed the vicissitudes of Korean village life in the 1970s.
$19.00

Getting Married in Korea, Of Gender, Morality, and Modernity

KOR40
Laurel Kendall
University of California Press
1996
259
0520202007
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
This work explores what it means to be modern and what it means to be Korean through experiences of courtship and marriage, showing how Koreans have adapted to deal with the astounding changes of the past century.
$31.95

iSpeak Korean Phrasebook

KOR41
Alex Chapin
McGraw-Hill
2008
64
0071604162
PAPER
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
An MP3 audio disc is bundled with a 16-page phrase book in this innovative language program, where you can see and hear 1,200 phrases on your iPod, iPhone, Zune or other portable device.
$12.95

From Wonso Pond

KOR45
Samuel Perry (Translator), Kang Kyong-Ae
Feminist Press
2009
274
1558616012
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Perry's new translation of the classic revolutionary novel of the 1930s, the first complete work written by a woman before the Korean War to be published in English, is a revealing portrait of love and labor set against the backdrop of Japan's colonization of Korea.
$16.95

The Living Reed

KOR55
Pearl S. Buck
Moyer Bell
1990
480
1559210222
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A fictionalized account of life in Korea during the latter half of the nineteenth century.
$15.95

The New Year

KOR56
Pearl S. Buck
Moyer Bell
2007
256
1559213914
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
An aspiring politician in Philadelphia is confronted with a moral dilemma when he discovers he has a son in Korea, conceived while he was a soldier stationed there.
$13.95

DK Eyewitness Top Ten Seoul

KOR59
Martin Zatko
DK Publishing
2013
128
0756698537
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions. With handy pullout map.
$14.00

Complete Korean

KOR60
Living Language
Living Language
2013
0307972232
AUDIO CD
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
Designed to teach language fluency, this 46-lesson program includes CDs, course books and online resources.
$49.95

Essential Korean

KOR61
Living Language
Living Language
2013
0307972240
AUDIO CD
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
A simple, multi-media course which includes a book of 10 lessons, three CDs and access to Living Language’s online Language Lab.
$22.95

Wallpaper City Guide Seoul

KOR63
Wallpaper City Guides
Phaidon Press
2012
103
0714864404
PAPER
Guidebook
12/1/2012
0
0
0
0
A stylish, thin (it fits in your back pocket) city guide compiled by the design magazine Wallpaper's local reporters. Well-organized, with chapter tabs, many photographs and of-the-moment recommendations.
$9.95

Groovy Seoul Map

KOR65
Groovy Map Co.
Groovy Maps
2012
1
9745251607
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
An easy-to-use, laminated map/guide to Seoul. Includes maps of Seoul, Central Seoul and insets, plus helpful listings: transportation options, cuisine, nightlife, shopping and local culture. Folded size: 4 x 8.5 inches.
$8.95

Rough Guide to Seoul

KOR69
Rough Guides
Rough Guides
2015
200
0241201314
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive guide to Seoul in the hip, literate and very infomative Rough Guide style. It's divided cleanly between practical information and illuminating background on culture and history.
$21.99

Lonely Planet Pocket Seoul

KOR73
Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet Publications
2016
168
174360677X
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A practical city guide to Seoul, South Korea that fits in your pocket, with the top sites, the best walks, food, art, shopping, views, nightlife and more. Includes pull out city map.
$13.99

Lonely Planet Seoul City Map

KOR80
Lonely Planet Publications
Lonely Planet Publications
2017
1
1786579162
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
Lonely Planet's attractive map of Seoul is scaled so that one inch equals 0.1 miles and features sights and a helpful inset of the transit system. Printed on durable, waterproof Tyvek, the map also slips into a protective jacket.
$7.99