May 29, 2024

About the author

David Tizzard

David A. Tizzard has a Ph.D. in Korean Studies and lectures at Seoul Women's University and Hanyang University. He is a social and cultural commentator who has lived in Korea for nearly two decades. He is also the host of the Korea Deconstructed podcast.

More articles by 'David Tizzard'

Book review: Photos that aim to show real North Korea behind nuclear posturing

Book review: Photos that aim to show real North Korea behind nuclear posturing

‘Picturing the DPRK’ offers a sympathetic look at DPRK life but sometimes omits context needed to understand country

Book review: Photos that aim to show real North Korea behind nuclear posturing
David Tizzard
David Tizzard April 15, 2024
Book review: A new history reconsiders Korea’s unending war with itself

Book review: A new history reconsiders Korea’s unending war with itself

‘Korea at War’ traces roots of Korean War back to 19th century and debunks myths that North Korea and US still propagate

Book review: A new history reconsiders Korea’s unending war with itself
David Tizzard
David Tizzard July 24, 2023
Book review: ‘The Sister’ tells the tale of North Korean ‘despotess’ Kim Yo Jong

Book review: ‘The Sister’ tells the tale of North Korean ‘despotess’ Kim Yo Jong

Sung-yoon Lee combines history and speculation to paint DPRK leader’s sister as ‘devil woman,’ with mixed results

Book review: ‘The Sister’ tells the tale of North Korean ‘despotess’ Kim Yo Jong
David Tizzard
David Tizzard June 13, 2023
Book review: When ideology and politics trump a rational North Korea policy

Book review: When ideology and politics trump a rational North Korea policy

In ‘Hinge Points,’ nuclear scientist Siegfried Hecker chronicles missed US chances to engage and his Track 2 diplomacy

Book review: When ideology and politics trump a rational North Korea policy
David Tizzard
David Tizzard March 29, 2023
Book review: A history of North Korea found nowhere else

Book review: A history of North Korea found nowhere else

‘The North Korean Army’ mines sources in multiple languages to deliver rich but accessible account of the DPRK

Book review: A history of North Korea found nowhere else
David Tizzard
David Tizzard February 15, 2023
Book review: Can a single man bring down the North Korean state?

Book review: Can a single man bring down the North Korean state?

Bradley Hope’s ‘The Rebel and the Kingdom’ paints a complex picture of the Madrid raid and the architects behind it

Book review: Can a single man bring down the North Korean state?
David Tizzard
David Tizzard December 2, 2022
Book review: Grappling with the personal and political toll of Korea’s division

Book review: Grappling with the personal and political toll of Korea’s division

Hwang Sok-yong’s ‘The Prisoner’ tells story of his life as a ‘refugee’ from North Korea for whom going home is a crime

Book review: Grappling with the personal and political toll of Korea’s division
David Tizzard
David Tizzard October 27, 2022
Book review: North Korea’s cyber transformation for the 21st century

Book review: North Korea’s cyber transformation for the 21st century

‘The Lazarus Heist’ exposes evolution of Pyongyang’s cyberwarfare and how it has resorted to digital crime to survive

Book review: North Korea’s cyber transformation for the 21st century
David Tizzard
David Tizzard September 13, 2022
Book review: How one North Korean summoned the courage to resist her fate

Book review: How one North Korean summoned the courage to resist her fate

Jihyun Park’s account of her escape from the DPRK provides a sobering look at her struggle for freedom

Book review: How one North Korean summoned the courage to resist her fate
David Tizzard
David Tizzard July 25, 2022
Book review: Do North Korea’s markets undercut Kim Jong Un or prop up his rule?

Book review: Do North Korea’s markets undercut Kim Jong Un or prop up his rule?

Andrew Yeo’s new book explores how capitalist activity can subvert state power while failing to bring fundamental change

Book review: Do North Korea’s markets undercut Kim Jong Un or prop up his rule?
David Tizzard
David Tizzard June 20, 2022
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