Thursday, March 7, 2013

A Friend of Atticus

I've been asked to write for the book review blog Friends of Atticus from time to time. The site approaches book reviews in a novel (pun intended) way; the reviewer doesn't review the content of the book as much as the experience of reading the book. In other words, it's a review of the relationship people inevitably develop with a text. 

I've posted my first review, Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader: North Korea and the Kim Dynasty by Bradley K. Martin. I will be reviewing books on more or less an eight week cycle. Here is an excerpt from my review at Friends of Atticus:

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is a mystery to most Westerners. The “Hermit Kingdom” has been closed off since the 1950’s and is protected by the most heavily fortified border on the planet. The DPRK, formerly backed by the USSR, is the last hold-out of the Cold War era. How did it all begin? What’s this about nuclear testing? Who is this Kim Jeong-eun character who looks like a Korean version of Eric Cartman? For those seeking an answer to those questions and more, Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader: North Korea and the Kim Dynasty by Bradley K. Martin offers unparalleled detail and in-depth analysis of one of the most secretive states in history.