North Korea Undercover

North Korea Undercover

Inside the World's Most Secret State

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North Korea is like no other tyranny on earth. Its citizens are told their home is the greatest nation in the world, and big brother is always watching. It is Orwell's 1984 made reality. Award-winning BBC journalist John Sweeney is one of the few foreign journalists to have witnessed the devastating reality of life in the controversial and isolated nation of North Korea. Having entered the country undercover, Sweeny posed as a university professor with a group of students from the London School of Economics. Huge factories with no staff or electricity, hospitals with no patients, uniformed child soldiers, and the world-famous and eerily empty DMZ--the Demilitarized Zone, where North Korea ends and South Korea begins--are all framed by a relentless flow of regime propaganda from omnipresent loudspeakers. Free speech is an illusion: one word out of line, and the gulag awaits. State spies are everywhere, ready to punish disloyalty at the slightest sign of discontent. Drawing on his own experiences and his extensive interviews with defectors and other key witnesses, Sweeney's North Korea Undercover pulls back the curtain, providing a rare insight into life there today while examining the country's troubled history and addressing important questions about its uncertain future.
Published: New York :, Pegasus Books, LLC,, 2015.
Edition: First Pegasus Books hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781605988023
Branch Call Number: 951.9305 SWE
Characteristics: xv, 306 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations (chiefly color) ;,24 cm


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Jan 05, 2014

Sweeney provides a unique and educated perspective on North Korea and its despotic regime.

Whilst it does at times take a tabloid approach which can appear somewhat sensationalist, it is well researched and interestingly links the Kim regime to funding global money laundering activities and training of militant groups including the IRA.

The book gives a first hand account of a tourist in North Korea whilst provides evidence of just how evil this regime truly is - without any political agenda laced within it.


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Jan 05, 2014

pauldominion thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over


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