"Electrifying... finely argued and brilliantly written." --Christopher Hitchens, Slate
"Provocative... A fascinating analysis." --Dwight Garner, "The New York Times"
A "scary... close reading of domestic propaganda [that] goes a long way toward explaining the erratic behavior and seemingly bizarre thought processes of Dear Leader Kim Jong Il."" --The Wall Street Journal
""Myers' book is worth buying and reading."" -- The Quarterly Review
"North Korean propaganda (the other pillar of which is a sort of race-based nationalism) is surprisingly effective at engendering "a significant degree of mass support," B.R. Myers writes in "The Cleanest Race," the definitive book on the subject." "--The Atlantic"
"There are few books that can give the world a peek into the Hermit Kingdom."The Cleanest Race "provides a reason to care about how those in North Korea see themselves and the West. It is possibly the best addition to that small library of books on North Korean ideology."
--Andrei Lankov, "Far Eastern Economic Review
""""Myers renders great service to the global foreign policy establishment with his lucid and well documented profile of the North Korean polity. If only it were made mandatory reading for all the stakeholder leaders, particularly the American establishment, who feel compelled to deal politically with North Korea. Maybe then, Myers' wisdom might lead them to adopt the only possibly policy toward North Korea that will work: that of 'benign neglect.'" "
"--Mike Gravel, US Senate 1969-1981
"In his new survey of North Korean propaganda, "The Cleanest Race," B.R. Myers insists that the ongoing support of the North Korean public for the regime doesn't reflect any great faith in communism. Instead, he argues, it is rooted in a kind of paranoid racial nationalism adapted from the Japanese fascism that flourished before World War II.... Myers feels that the racialism at the heart of the regime's ideology wilshow more