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A very interesting insight into everyday life of Koreans. Shows dramatic economic changes taking place in this communist paradi...  Read More

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    Posted by a reviewer on Amazon

    However this would be a good read for people fresh to the topic - though the flow is somewhat fragmented.


    Posted by a reviewer on Amazon

    One of their central goals is to cut through the usual hyperbole and rhetoric one often encounters when reading about north korea to present more of a rounded picture of the actual day-to-day life of ordinary citizens there.


    Posted by a reviewer on Amazon

    The details this book provides show a level of complexity associated with the word byzantine (the book does not use the word).


    Posted by a reviewer on Amazon

    The official exchange rate is wildly volatile, and bureaucrats make the dollar equivalent of maybe $1- $2 a week, so corruption is massive, otherwise the country would not be able to feed itself.


    Posted by a reviewer on Amazon

    Rather than the faceless and helpless victims of brutal ideology, north koreans show remarkable creativity and ingenuity, in a sense giving the lie to some anti-north korean propaganda stereotypes.


    Posted by a reviewer on Amazon

    The regime is still arbitrary on culture and now and them has rounds of arrests, but a sizable fraction of the people have access to chinese and south korean radio and tv (the tvs and radios for sale are supposed to be preset for approved domestic media but this apparently can easily be corrected).


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    The vaunted north korean army, say the authors, is poorly trained, poorly equipped, poorly led and poorly fed.


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    Consequently there is not the slightest chance they will give up nuclear weapons, it's the only deterrence left.

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