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North Korea Confidential: Private Markets, Fashion Trends, Prison Camps, Dissenters and Defectors

Hardcover - 14 April 2015
ISBN-13 : 9780804844581
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**Named one of the best books of 2015 by The Economist**

Private Markets, Fashion Trends, Prison Camps, Dissenters and Defectors.

North Korea is one of the most troubled societies on earth. The country's 24 million people live under a violent dictatorship led by a single family, which relentlessly pursues the development of nuclear arms, which periodically incites risky military clashes with the larger, richer, liberal South, and which forces each and every person to play a role in the theater state even as it pays little more than lip service to the wellbeing of the overwhelming majority.

With this profoundly anachronistic system eventually failed in the 1990s, it triggered a famine that decimated the countryside and obliterated the lives of many hundreds of thousands of people. However, it also changed the lives of those who survived forever.

A lawless form of marketization came to replace the iron rice bowl of work in state companies, and the Orwellian mind control of the Korean Workers' Party was replaced for many by dreams of trade and profit. A new North Korea Society was born from the horrors of the era--one that is more susceptible to outside information than ever before with the advent of k-pop and video-carrying USB sticks. This is the North Korean society that is described in this book.

In seven fascinating chapters, the authors explore what life is actually like in modern North Korea today for the ordinary man and woman on the street. They interview experts and tap a broad variety of sources to bring a startling new insider's view of North Korean society--from members of Pyongyang's ruling families to defectors from different periods and regions, to diplomats and NGOs with years of experience in the country, to cross-border traders from neighboring China, and textual accounts appearing in English, Korean and Chinese sources. The resulting stories reveal the horror as well as the innovation and humor which abound in this fascinating country.

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3 customer reviews Between 3−4 stars rating, 18 January 2018
Solid Research about North Korea
By: Andrew Henderson

This is a very informative book that contains a lot of practical information on the state of things in North Korea (circa 2015), but it's really more of a textbook than a history or sociological book. It's for people doing hard research, but not really anyone else.

3 customer reviews Between 4−5 stars rating, 19 January 2015
Tudor and Pearson present a picture of a government that is bankrupt
By: Michael Breen

If you've ever wondered what it's like to be a north Korean on the ground with leaders holding out in the 21st century believing in collective farms, state ownership and theĀ gulag, this is the book for you. With their careful and up-to-date research, Tudor and Pearson present a picture of a government that is bankrupt and a state that has become a delusion and paint in living color the creative destruction underway as everyone, from the leaders to the ordinary workers, toil in the grey economy simply to get by.

3 customer reviews Between 4−5 stars rating, 19 January 2015
taking seriously the difference between government policy and the reality of daily life
By: Hazel Smith, North Korea expert

Tudor and Pearson's timely book goes a long way to counter the lazy stereotypes that provide the staple of global commentary on North Korea. This beautifully-written account of daily life shows that North Koreans of every age routinely bypass government restrictions as they participate on a day-to-day basis in self-interested market-driven activities. Young North Koreans watch South Korean movies, listen to KPop, copy of South Koreans fashions and like young people everywhere, find ways to meet up with partners outside of the restrictions of parental supervision. The authors... See More

do not minimise the authoritarian nature of the North Korea state but they make a hugely important contribution in taking seriously the difference between government policy and the reality of daily life. This book is a must read!

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