Korean Title: Ahn Cheol soo eui Saenggak
Author: Ahn Cheol-soo
276 pages | 210*145mm
|Important! Please read before you order!|
|>>>This book is written in Korean.|
About This Book
A new book by Ahn Cheol soo, considered one of the strongest contenders for this year¡¯s presidential election, has become an instant top seller, industry officials said Thursday.
According to Yes24, a leading online bookstore, about 3,200 copies of ¡°Thoughts of Ahn Cheol-soo¡± were sold as of 5 p.m., just five hours after sales began. On average, 11 copies were sold per minute, it said. At that pace, it is likely to break the daily sales record set by Apple founder Steve Jobs¡¯ biography on Oct. 25, 2011, which was about 7,000 copies, it added.
A woman looks at copies of Ahn Cheol-soo`s new book at Kyobo Bookstore in Gwanghwamun, Seoul, Thursday.
¡°It is the first time that we have seen such an explosive response from customers since the Steve Jobs biography,¡± Choi Se-ra, a spokesperson for Yes24 said.
Other online booksellers, including Interpark and Alladin, also said they were getting large orders for Ahn¡¯s book and that he was likely to surpass Jobs¡¯ record.
By Lee Sun-young
The Korea Herald
Ahn hints at presidential ambitions in new book SEOUL, July 19 (Yonhap)
After months of soul-searching, popular software developer and professor Ahn Cheol-soo strongly hinted at his ambition to run for president Thursday in a newly released book outlining his thoughts on wide-ranging issues and his vision for the country.
Ahn has widely been regarded as a potential opposition contender who would pose a serious challenge to the ruling party's frontrunner Park Geun-hye in December's presidential election, although he has never committed himself to the top political job.
The release of his new book Thursday, however, prompted media speculation the 50-year-old may be throwing his hat into the ring.
"A challenge is hard, but it isn't something frightening," Ahn wrote in the book, titled "Ahn Cheol-soo's thoughts: The future guidance we wish for the Republic of Korea."
"Whether I take on the role of a responsible politician, or whether I continue my role as an educated person contributing to change in the world, I would like to go forward by engaging with more people based on the thoughts written in this book," the professor wrote.
The book is written in the form of a dialogue with a journalist-turned-professor, and covers a wide range of topics from Ahn's personal life and his views on justice, welfare and conglomerates, to the issues of non-regular workers, strikes across the media industry and inter-Korean relations.
Some of the biggest tasks ahead for South Korea could be the establishment of a just and fair welfare state and the creation of a policy for a peaceful Korean Peninsula, he said.
"The most important issue is that we need to change the perspective of viewing reunification (between the Koreas) as an 'event' to the perspective of viewing it as a 'process,'" Ahn said. He suggested several steps toward reunification, including greater inter-Korean economic cooperation and a resumption of suspended tours to the North's scenic Mount Kumgang.
A former medical doctor and the founder of anti-virus software firm AhnLab, Ahn currently serves as dean of the Graduate School of Convergence Science and Technology at Seoul National University. He is widely popular, especially among young Koreans, due largely to his clean and upright image.
"Before the April 11 general elections, few people doubted the opposition's victory, and if that went according to plan, I thought it was highly likely that I would naturally be able to return to where I belong as the opposition's presidential candidate found his or her place," Ahn wrote.
After the opposition's surprise defeat, however, he said he began to feel people's expectations of him starting to grow.
"Starting with this book, I plan to express my thoughts in detail to more people and listen carefully to their views," Ahn wrote, adding he expects to explain anything that wasn't covered in the book on various other occasions.
Ahn's political influence was demonstrated last October when his backing helped an independent candidate become mayor of Seoul. His approval ratings as a presidential candidate have since climbed to among the highest.
Availability: Usually ships in 5~10 business days.