Editorial Review – Kim’s Memoir — The Book Review Directory

Title: Kim’s Memoir

Author: Young-Koo Kim

Genre: Memoir / Korean History

Kim’s Memoir is the passionately told story of a prominent Korean jurist, naval officer, professor, and scholar of international law who spent his life serving South Korea, in particular doing legal work to ensure the security of the country’s Northern Limit Line. […]

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Moon and Trump have at least one thing in common. They are never innocent neither honest.


Of course, that is not true when Trump says that he loves Kim Jong-eun.  Trump, however, is not to be criticized seriously because his only purpose is to make the atmosphere of the negotiations a very intimate one by flattering his opponent of the deal.

But when Moon Jae-in is saying that he will support to build rail road and highway in North Korea with South Korean tax-payer’s money and skills and it will not go beyond the limits of economic sanctions of United Nations against North Korea, we must very careful.  Because he is telling a red lie which could not be accord to any truth.  

On October 10, South Korea’s Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said that her government agencies were discussing lifting a broad trade and investment embargo that Seoul imposed on the North Korea, May 24, 2010.

Such lines of the Moon Government’s intention seems to be obviously against Washington’s efforts to keep the economic noose on Pyongyang until it denuclearizes.







At the very front cover of the book, you will find an introductive message. It says;

“He is telling a few urgent and meaningful facts about Korea” (in this book).

Have you found any urgent thing in the book? So far, not any? And has your conclusion come to that he is not telling any urgent fact about Korea in this book?

Then, you are wrong.

He is telling very urgent fact about Korea. But it seems to have been expressed in some prudent and clandestine manner.

For example, please take a look at some comments in the Prologue of the book. In the conclusion part of the chapter, you would find a comment like;

“In the process of US efforts to eliminate completely the North Korea’s nuclear arsenals, and to make North Korea a free democratic society, South Korea should play a key role in the military and politics on the Korean peninsula. But the Korean government itself is now dominated and controlled by left oriented politicians. It is obviously unlucky and untimely.”

This unlucky and untimely posture of the South Korean Government could mean an immediate disaster for the South Korean people, without mentioning the North Korean people.

Now US President Mr. Donald Trump and his staff, the Secretary of State Mr. Mark Pompeo, are pushing for the denuclearization of North Korea through economic blockade and dialogue with Dictator Kim Jong-eun. But ultimately, Kim Jong Eun, who has no will to denuclearize, will eventually fail to respond reasonably to the denuclearization efforts of the United States, and at some point the US will eventually be forced to attack North Korea by force. It would not be an easy or simple job to completely eliminate the nuclear arsenal and transform the North Korean region into a rational regime in which free democracy and market economy are applied, by completely blockading North Korea economically, by overthrowing it with armed forces and taking control of it. It would demand some very precise military operations and a long term project with lots of time and money.

Above all, the full support and cooperative efforts of the South Korean government is inevitably needed in the end because North Korea is geographically located on the Korean Peninsula. Since South Korea and the United States have already been allied with the ROK – US Mutual Defense Treaty, and ultimately, this American effort would also bring about the liberal unification of Korea, the ROK government should, willingly give a full support and cooperation.

Nontheless, the confidence that the current Korean government will give such cooperation and support to the United States’ efforts is gradually disappearing.


Let’s listen to a favorable book review by a friendly Colleague.

This book is a nonfiction book that reads like a novel.

At the beginning of the book, the records of the author’s young days are described. His narrative style, which is very fast, progressive, upbeat and a little cynical, gets immersed just like reading Mark Twain’s the Adventure of the Huckleberry Finn. So this part had captivated me to the point that I couldn’t put this book down even for a moment.

This is a brilliant book written about a young scholar studying the Law.

As the author himself has already warned in his Acknowledgement that “in the case of Hans Kelsen’s legal theory, or in the part of Immanuel Kant’s philosophical narrative of a very serious jurisprudence that introduces Kritik der reinen Vernunft, some readers might soon throw away this book”, we shall eventually encounter with these heavy legal corollaries in many parts of this book. But if you are a young scholar studying the Law, you will enjoy some unexpected delights to meet some very candid and clear explanations about the core of the customary international law, rule of passage through the international straights, and the rule of the law of war in connection with the armistice or the naval blockade or lot more. So this book is a brilliant book written for the earnest young scholars studying the Law.

This is a book you will surely remember.

The history of the NLL, a maritime demarcation line distorted by communist malignant negotiation strategies in the process of ending the Korean War, and the historical relationship between tension and conflict that have continued to occur after the cease-fire in the western hemisphere of the Korean Peninsula; it is the part where we come across in this book, only in this book, those historical truths that we have not been able to encounter often. The unfortunate history that has been formed between Korea and Japan since the 19th century is the historical truths that we have not been able to encounter but we have met only in this book. In particular, in his essay explaining the legal logic of an international law scholar, we have come to find that historical truths that we do not know of which had been persistently hidden down between these two famous East Asian nations.

In this book, the author is telling a few urgent and meaningful facts about Korea.

Korea is a free country that advocates liberal democracy in the Constitution, and it is a country that has grown up into the 13th largest trading nation in the world by fostering a free market economy system. However, since the 1990s, the whole nation and society as a whole have become infected with mass-hysteria in the left-wing totalitarianism, and in reality they are transforming into a strange country that is denying liberal democracy and slowly demolishing the market economy system.

In the process of US efforts to eliminate completely the North Korea’s nuclear arsenals, and to make North Korea a free democratic society, South Korea should play a key role in the military and politics on the Korean peninsula. But the incumbent Korean government itself is now dominated and controlled by left oriented politicians. It is obviously unlucky and untimely.

The author sees the fate of Korea in crisis and hopes that the future of his beloved motherland Korea will develop into a just and hopeful one with the efforts of people faithful to the justice and truth. Our readers cannot help but to pray that his desperate hopes will come true.

Let’s go on a Journey!

letsgoona journey

In the summer of 1986, when I was concentrating on writing my first book “Modern Law of the Sea ” the sisterhoods in Seoul have sent me a message;  ―Let’s go on a journey this summer, to Ssangeosa, and to Hwaeomsa Temple”. I did not even know whether there was a “summer vacation system” in the Navy. So, we just started to make a journey in good momentum from Navy apartment in Jinhae in the sunny summer morning, just shouting “Let’s go on a journey!”

A small walkway along the Chocksuok-ru ( A memorial pavilion for the righteous Heroin Kisaeng Nongae論介 ) will take you to a small entrance. If you descend through this entrance to the foot of Namgang River, there is a wide rock called ‘Yi-Am'(義岩; Rock of Justice). This is the place where Heroin Kisaeng Nongae(論介) jumped into the river with the enemy Japanese general and made him drown and dead in 1592 Japanese Invasion.

No matter how drunk he was, he would have been a warrior, could he be just drowned? Honestly speaking, I had a doubt. However, looking at the Namgang River, I recalled the poem ‘Nongae’ for a while. This poem was written by a famous poet Sooju Byon Yeong-ro. I tried to translate it into English.

Holy fury, Deeper than religion

Passionate heat, Stronger than love

Oh, more blue than bean flower, On that wave

More red than poppy flowers, Your red heart go and flow.

Grace eye brow highly shaken in pain

Your pomegranate lips kissed the death.

Oh, more blue than bean flower, On that wave

More red than poppy flowers, Your red heart go and flow.

The flowing river will be blue, ever and ever

Your spirit like a flower, only but flowery red

More red than poppy flowers, Your red heart go and flow.

About the Book Description-2

spyship pursuiting

In the Book Description you could find the comment that ‘the writer as a junior naval officer actually joined the bloody sea engagement to hunt the North Korean spy ship’.

……….We abandoned the off-set firing to capture the spy ship and select the salvo fire method to hit and sink the spy ship. However, even with the salvo fire bombardment, it was not easy to sink the spy ship. A salvo fire is 5 rounds of shells falling around the target at a time. The spy ship evading with a jig-jack maneuverings could have been barely hit after wasting a large number of shells.

The task of approaching the sinking spy ship and collecting evidence and other spilled things worthy of information was my role as a search officer in accordance with the General Quarter Station Bill.

While the 24-inch searchlight on our ship’s bridge lit up, all of the crews were looking down on me nervously as I moved under the lights. I approached to the sinking spy ship by a search boat. The spy ship was almost half-sinking, and only the warehouse in the ship’s head was above the surface. The surrounding sea was covered with heavy oil, and various wrecks floated chaotic on the oil layer. I unlocked the safety of the caliber 45 military pistol, kept the shooting posture, climbed over the spy ship, and opened the door of the warehouse. I picked up only those things that I thought were important, such as rubber boats and pumps, some rifle guns, etc. No trace of the human, neither a dead body was found.

When I came back to the ship, the captain called me to the captain’s room and gave me a glass of Johnnie Walker. At that time, my mouth, not cleared yet, was full of toxic wastes. I had the captain’s grateful drink at once, and all the poisonous things had gone into my stomach………..

About the Book Description


In the book description, appeared on the back cover of the Book,

The author is telling about two pigeons. He tells us that every creatures including human being is pitiful. They have only a humble and helplessly week condition. But with the genuine care and affection these week beings share and render each other they can accomplish to reach the imposing and honorable world. I want the writer’s intuitive hope to be spread and co-owned in between the earnest readers of this book.