"By stitching together political, economic, and social factors, Lie has produced a very useful book. . . . For the general reader, his book provides an excellent, balanced summary that covers all the bases. It is not only clearly written but enjoyable to read. Lie draws on Korean literature and stories of real people to bring his narrative to life." Perspectives on Political Science "Wrinting from the perspective of a sociologist, Lie adroitly chronicles the profound sociological, political, and economic transformation of South Korea in the last half century. . . . This fascinating book is beautifully written, with a first-person account of Lie's experiences."ChoiceLie, John is the author of 'Han Unbound The Political Economy of South Korea', published 2000 under ISBN 9780804740159 and ISBN 0804740151.