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Korea's Syngman Rhee: An Unauthorized Portrait

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by Richard C. Allen
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Korea's Syngman Rhee: An Unauthorized Portrait by Richard C. Allen

"It is always saddening when a patriot is corrupted by the power that comes to him as a gift from his people after a lifetime of service to his country," observes the author of this unofficial and exceptionally honest portrait of South Korea's recently deposed chief executive, Syngman Rhee, the man whose career spanned the decades between the late-nineteenth-century period of China's suzerainty in Korea and the revolt of April 1960, reached a peak of popularity following his country's liberation at the end of World War II, yet twelve years later was thrown out of office by revolution. During his lifetime, he has become almost a legend in both East and West and, in much of the world, is considered the virtual embodiment of the Korean struggle for independence. "The story of South Korea," the author further observes, "is indeed the story of its erstwhile president, even as the fall of his government can be traced directly to the personal shortcomings of the head of state."

Rhee, who has for more than half a century been a controversial figure on the stage of East-West relations Western champions and his compatriot propagandists.

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Pages: 259
Size: 3.4 MB
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Date published:   2016
ISBN: 9781462918096 (DRM-EPUB)

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