Capitalist in North Korea: My Seven Years in the Hermit KingdomHardcover - 12 August 2014
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Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Age Range: NA - NA years
Grade Level: NA - NA
Hardcover: 319 Pages
Product Dimension (L x W x H): 20.57 x 13.72 x 3.56 CM
Shipping Weight: 0.48 KgPeriplus Bestseller Rank:
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This books shows us how really north korea works from the eye of Felix ABT, really changing my mindset about this so called "Hermit" Kingdom.
Most notably the book offers at all times a profound commitment to the people of North Korea, essentially arguing that engagement and ideas are the only way to help this country, which would nicely sidestep the need for millions of deaths, billions of military spending and trillions of rebuilding costs which could happen in the case of war, made more likely by the sabre rattling and hitting with sticks which the United States is particularly keen to do.
Felix Abt prefers to stay apolitical and impartial when sharing his thoughts and memories of the seven-year sojourn. From the book we can see that he loves Korea and cares about its people. In his assessments of North Korea's past and present the author approaches all issues from a human (and humanistic) perspective, trying to show life in the country without political or ideological coloring.
Very few Westerners can match Felix Abt's depth of hands-on business experience in North Korea. Not only similarly adventurous would-be investors and traders in the 'Hermit Kingdom' but also members of my own fraternity of Pyongyang-watchers will want to peruse his useful new book for the otherwise unavailable details and unique insights it provides. Don't look for apologies here.
No one has [Felix Abt's] credentials: seven years of unparalleled access to most levels of North Koreans in the central government and seven of nine provinces, founder of a Pyongyang Business School and first President of the Pyongyang European Business Association. This “capitalist” attacks conventional wisdom on North Korea; sometimes with blunt force, sometimes with nuance, but always with a businessman’s eye and always with a fiery, humor-tempered wit. Indeed, the personal pictures and lively pace of the book combine the feel of a fireside chat with facts one expects from a businessman.