Reviews

  • ‘Breen is at his best in his anecdotes…[he] tells you all the interesting things about the Korea of today’

    Financial Times
  • As good a guide to a fascinating country in transformation as you will get.

    Management Today
  • 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".'

    DANIEL TUDOR, author of Korea: The Impossible Country
  • Not only is The New Koreans magnificent in its sweep and depth; as a bonus, it's...fun to read

    BRADLEY K. MARTIN, author of Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader
  • [An] informative, deep introduction to this fascinating (and not well-known) country and, in addition, an engaging read.

    ANDREI LANKOV, author of The Dawn of Modern Korea
  • Affectionate, critical, full of anecdotes, this is a constantly astonishing and highly readable exploration of Korea's identity.

    HAMISH McDONALD, former Asia-Pacific Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald
  • In an age where everyone is sharply critical of everyone else, The New Koreans is a delightful change of pace, pungent observations of Koreans as they see themselves and as outsiders see them, part history, part story telling, all pieces of a beautiful, frustrating, endearing puzzle fit together in a superb way as only a keen, veteran observer as Michael Breen can do.

    JAMES CHURCH, author of A Corpse in the Koryo
  • Michael Breen’s excellent “The New Koreans,” an economic, political and social history, shows how South Korea went “from basket case to emerging market” in a period of 40 years. In the process of telling that story, Mr Breen, a British-born journalist who lives in Seoul, explodes many of the excuses frequently used by economists and historians to rationalize the country’s underperformance.

    Wall Street Journal

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