One of the long-standing clichés of North Korea analysis is that it is somehow a unique, disconnected, and strange aberration. Writers are still found to occasionally assert in a most Orientalist fashion that the nation is “a hermit kingdom.” While Benjamin R. Young's Guns, Guerillas, and the Great Leader: North Korea and the Third World reaches for the edge of the appropriate in an age of subaltern and decolonial histories, it is not in any way clichéd. Young's refreshing book is a roller-coaster ride through the multiple ways that North Korea sought to reach out globally prior to the 1990s. This is the most global of books, connecting Pyongyang with everywhere from East Berlin to Niue, from Ulaanbaatar to St. George's (Grenada). It is also of a different decolonial or postcolonial moment, which is really one of the most interesting things about it. In 2021, the term “Third World” might...

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