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

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

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What is life in North Korea really like?

This fascinating book by celebrated journalists Daniel Tudor and James Pearson explores that very question. The authors interview experts and tap a broad variety of sources to provide a startling insider’s view of the secretive North Korean society, including:

Members of Pyongyang’s ruling families
Defectors from different periods and regions
Foreign diplomats and NGOs with years of experience in the country
Cross-border traders from neighboring China
Textual accounts appearing in English, Korean and Chinese sources

This book reveals that ordinary North Koreans, poor and rich alike, enjoy listening to K-pop music and are addicted to South Korean TV dramas-in direct contravention of government dictates. Pirated foreign movies and shows-American, South Korean and Chinese-are often smuggled into the country and sold. Such snippets of information help the reader understand that North Korea is undergoing dynamic changes, affecting the 24 million people who call it home.

This new edition is updated with an afterword by the authors that touches on Kim Jong-un’s recent meetings with Donald Trump and Moon Jae-in. While the new foreword by Andray Abrahamian-a member of the U.S. National Committee on North Korea-offers a detailed analysis of North Korea’s political discourse, changes in economic policy, and the rise and fall of optimism within the country since 2018.

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Dimensions 130 × 203 mm
Author

Daniel Tudor

Author Bio

Daniel Tudor is from Manchester, England, and graduated with a BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford University. He has lived in Seoul, South Korea, for many years, and served as The Economist's Korea Correspondent from 2010 to 2013. His first book, Korea: The Impossible Country received high praise and has also been translated into Korean, Chinese, Polish, and Thai. He is a regular columnist for a Korean newspaper, the Joongang Ilbo, and has commented on Korea-related topics many times for the BBC, Al Jazeera, and others. He is also co-founder of The Booth, a chain of craft beer pubs.

James Pearson is a foreign correspondent for Reuters in Seoul, where he covers politics and general news in North and South Korea. He holds a BA (hons) in Chinese and Korean from the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and a Master's of Philosophy (M.Phil) in Oriental Studies from the University of Cambridge.

Andray Abrahamian is the 2018-19 Korea Fellow at the Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University. He is a member of the U.S. National Committee on North Korea as well as an Adjunct Fellow at the Griffith Asia Institute. He has held lecturing positions at Yangon University and Ulsan University. His first book, North Korea and Myanmar: Divergent Paths was published in 2018.

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9780804852265

Book Type

Paperback / softback

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

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North Korea is a country where everyone is thought to worship a power-crazed dictator, where disputes with neighboring South Korea frequently break out into violence, where nuclear bombs are detonated with alarming regularity, and where most people are assumed to be on the verge of starvation. But is this an accurate view of daily life in North Korea today? Read this book to find out. In seven fascinating chapters the authors explore what life is really like for ordinary North Koreans. They tap a broad variety of sources-from interviews with members of Pyongyang’s ruling elite to defectors, diplomats, NGOs and cross-border traders, as well as written accounts in English, Korean and Chinese-to bring together a radically different view of North Korean society today.

NORTH KOREA CONFIDENTIAL – North Korea sentences presidents and journalists at two South Korean newspapers to death …. Story is reported by The Associated Press, New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, Reuters, Foreign Policy, Daily Beast, NK News, and many other publications.

“The North didn’t directly threaten the British authors of North Korea Confidential: Private Markets, Fashion Trends, Prison Camps, Dissenters and Defectors, but said the book `viciously defamed and distorted’ the country’s realities.” -New York Times (AP)

“One of the most informative and contemporary books to be released on North Korea…” -Asia Society

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Weight 363 g
Dimensions 131 × 203 mm
Author

Daniel Tudor

Author Bio

Daniel Tudor is from Manchester, England, and graduated with a BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford University. He has lived in Seoul, Korea for many years, and served as The Economist's Korea Correspondent from 2010-2013. His first book, 'Korea: The Impossible Country' received high praise and has also been translated into Korean, Chinese, Polish, and Thai. Daniel is a regular columnist for a Korean newspaper, the Joongang Ilbo, and has commented on Korea-related topics many times for the BBC, Al Jazeera, and others. He is also co-founder of The Booth, a small chain of craft beer pubs. James Pearson is a foreign correspondent for Reuters in Seoul, where he covers politics and general news in North and South Korea. He holds a BA (hons) in Chinese and Korean from the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and a Master's of Philosophy (M.Phil) in Oriental Studies from the University of Cambridge.

ISBN

9780804844581

Book Type

Hardback

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