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Kim Dae Jung and the Quest for the Nobel

How the President of South Korea Bought the Peace Prize and Financed Kim Jong-il's Nuclear Program.


"This is an astonishing book: a journalistic account of the South Korean government's secret campaign to 'game' the 2000 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to ROK Preisdent Kim Dae Jung through a long-term, surreptitious effort at manipulating the Nobel Committee itself. These explosive allegations are backed up through extensive citation of previously unavailable official documents from the South Korean intelligence service, which orchestrated this 'NP campaign', and by one of the book's co-authors, who was him self an operative in this undercover mission. No one who reads this book will ever think about the Nobel Peace Prize (or for that matter, President Kim Dae Jung's 'Sunshine Policy' toward North Korea) the same way again." - Nicholas Eberstadt, Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy at the American Enterprise Institute, senior adviser to the National Bureau of Asian Research, and author of The End of North Korea

About the Authors
Kim Ki-sam served eight years as an officer in South Korea's National Intelligence Service before publicly disclosing the secrets of Kim Dae-jung's quest for the Nobel. A law graduate of Seoul National University, he sought and eventually won asylum in the US to escape persecution. He now practices law in the US while living near Harrisburg with his family.


Donald Kirk, a veteran correspondent for newspapers and magazines, has reported on wars Southeast Asia to the middle east. He writes about nuclear and foreign policy issues in Asia, notably on the Korean peninsula and the Indian subcontinent, and is the author of six books, including three on Korea. He divides his time between Asia and his base in Washington DC.