By Manwoo Lee
Lee offers a rare eyewitness account of Korea's recent chaotic, and frequently violent journey to democracy. He offers informed observations on Korea's three famous Kims and Roh Tae-woo, and of the dramatic political events leading to the presidential election in December 1987 and the parliamentary elections in April 1988. Lee also examines the formation of a super-ruling party. Readers will benefit from Lee's presence in the offices of the presidential candidates and from his conversations with leaders directly responsible for the fate of Korean democracy. Knowing what happened in Korean politics during the past three years is prerequisite to understanding the decline of Korea's repressive authoritarian system.