'As good a guide to a fascinating country in transformation as you will get.' Management Today
In the course of a couple of generations, South Koreans took themselves out of the paddy fields and into Silicon Valley, establishing themselves as a democracy alongside the advanced countries of the world. Yet for all their ambition and achievement, the new Koreans are a curiously self-deprecating people. Theirs is a land with a rich and complex past, certain aspects of which they would prefer to forget as they focus on the future.
Having lived and worked in South Korea for many years, Michael Breen considers what drives the nation today, and where it is heading. Through insightful anecdotes and observations, he provides a compelling portrait of Asia's most contradictory and polarized country. South Koreans are motivated by defiance, Breen argues: defiance of their antagonistic neighbour, North Korea, of their own history and of international opinion. Here is an overlooked nation with, great drive, determined to succeed on its own terms.
"‘Breen is at his best in his anecdotes…[he] tells you all the interesting things about the Korea of today’"
"As good a guide to a fascinating country in transformation as you will get."
"A broad and deep exposition of South Korean history, politics, economy and society that will have even the oldest Korea hands going "I never knew that".'"
"Not only is The New Koreans magnificent in its sweep and depth; as a bonus, it's...fun to read"
"[An] informative, deep introduction to this fascinating (and not well-known) country and, in addition, an engaging read."