"Military and Civil Awards of the Democratic People's
Republic of Korea (DPRK) ", Warren Sessler and Paul
McDaniel. C. 2009. ENGLISH text, 406 pages, large 12" x 9"
hardcover format with dust jacket.
This is destined to become the standard reference work for
collectors of North Korean orders and medals in much the
same way that McDaniel and Schmitt's "The Comprehensive
Guide to Soviet Orders and Medals" became the Bible for
collectors of Soviet medals and decorations. And not just
collectors but military historians will find this book an
invaluable resource - finally there is a reference book in
English that enables us to decipher the profusion of
mysterious awards appearing in newsreels and press photos
coming out of North Korea.
The copy currently available shows overall scuffing to the
dust jacket and very minor shelf wear to the page edges. The
book is not "shaken", however, and the binding is still
tight and completely sound.
Over 1000 high resolution close-up color photos of the
obverses and reverses of North Korean medals, orders and
award documents plus some 60+ black-&-white and color photos
of recipients wearing their decorations. The book contains
a trove of factual information and details including: award
qualifications, all types and variations of inscriptions and
mint marks, serial number styles and ranges, rivets,
suspensions and pin back devices, etc. There is also a very
handy full color ribbon chart.
Of utmost importance to collectors, the authors also explain
in great detail how to detect fakes. We highly recommend
this book as a tremendous value and indispensable resource
for any collector or student of the awards of the Democratic
People's Republic of Korea.
If you've been struggling in the dark trying to collect
North Korean medals, rest assured that the depth and
reliability of the information contained in this volume will
pay for itself many times over.