Conscience in Action

The Autobiography of Kim Dae-jung

  • Authors
  • Kim Dae-jung

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Conscience in Action

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Dae-jung Kim
      Pages 3-49
    3. Dae-jung Kim
      Pages 51-121
    4. Dae-jung Kim
      Pages 123-183
    5. Dae-jung Kim
      Pages 185-253
    6. Dae-jung Kim
      Pages 255-327
    7. Dae-jung Kim
      Pages 329-449
  3. Life Is Beautiful and History Progresses

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 451-451
    2. Dae-jung Kim
      Pages 453-505
    3. Dae-jung Kim
      Pages 507-595
    4. Dae-jung Kim
      Pages 597-660
    5. Dae-jung Kim
      Pages 661-723
    6. Dae-jung Kim
      Pages 725-815
    7. Dae-jung Kim
      Pages 817-874
    8. Dae-jung Kim
      Pages 875-886
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 887-934

About this book


This book is an English translation of the authoritative autobiography by the late South Korean President Kim Dae-jung. The 2000 Nobel Peace Prize winner, often called the Asian Nelson Mandela, is best known for his tolerant and innovative “Sunshine Policy” towards North Korea. 

Written in the five years between the end of his presidency and his death in 2009, this book offers a poignant first-hand account of Korea’s turbulent modern history. It spans the pivotal time span between the Japanese colonial period (1910-1945) and reconciliation in the Korean Peninsula (2000-2009). In between are insightful insider descriptions of everything from wars and dictatorships to the hopeful period of economic recovery, blooming democracy, peace, and reconciliation. 

Conscience in Action serves as an intimate record of the Korean people’s persistent and heroic struggle for democracy and peace. It is also an inspiring story of an extraordinary individual whose formidable perseverance and selfless dedication to the values he believed in led him to triumph despite more than four decades of extreme persecution.


Korean history Left-wing history Biography East Asian Politics Korean Politics

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