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Korea: A Walk Through the Land of Miracles


In 1988 Simon Winchester, author of The Surgeon of Crowthorne and The Map that Changed the World, set out on foot to discover the Republic of Korea. ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 2.000

I liked the author until this one

by Seajack on Aug 4, 2007

I liked "Outposts" and "Fracture Zone"; "Korea", however, was the end of line for me. Winchester makes a repeated point of how popular he is among South Koreans by virtue of his being English; that was snotty enough by the third go-round. He managed to find one old soldier, fawningly pro-British, as though the U K had been the ones who saved South Korea. What did me in was the time he arrived at a U S base, browbeat them into letting him stay there (when they didn't have to), and then proceeded to trash just about every single U S military person he ran across after accepting their hospitality. He also had a penchant for running into anti-American Koreans; you'd think they were rife, along with all of the many prostitutes throwing themselves at him. Yes, there's well-researched history here, hence a second star.

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