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  • Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Bennion Kearny Limited (24 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190912561X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909125612
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 1.8 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 728,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. L. Hunter-coddington on 13 Jun. 2014
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Former CIA director Robert Gates described North Korea as the "toughest intelligence target in the world" while former Vice-President of the USA Walter Mondale observed that anyone claiming to be an expert on DPRK was either a liar or a fool.
Dualta Roughneen is neither of these. He is the author of this fascinating account of daily life in the Hermit Kingdom, observed whilst he was working for an NGO there for some months. Equipped with the necessary permits, a DPRK driving licence and his own vehicle, he had unrivalled access to witness life in many parts of the country that would be off-limits even to North Korea residents. This book should be essential reading for anyone seeking information on the world's most secretive and repressive regime. Don't hesitate. Order it now!
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Written without any particular agenda, this book gives a fascinating insight into life in North Korea. I found this account by Dualta Roughneen entertaining and easy reading.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By BRIAN SHARMAN on 26 Jun. 2014
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If one wishes to know of the awfulness of the life of North Koreans as caused by the ghastliness of their government this book adds nothing to the genre. The lad who has written it is obviously a well-meaning sort who has gone to help sort out the water supply as part of an aid organisation. It is written as a sort of undated diary of two years he spent there during which time he records pointless anecdotes interspersed with his concerns about giving up smoking and having hangovers induced by nights in the expats' bar. The writing style is flat and frankly tedious and the few locals he relates contact with are in circumstances which give no insight into anything which is presumably exactly as the authorities intended. This is interspersed with his various clearly uniformed musings on international politics all of which may be judged against his early assertion that when he arrived there he did not even know that there had been a Korean war or when it was. Given the suffering described by escaped North Koreans in their various published accounts which are roughly contemporaneous with his gilded sojourn one is left after reading this with a vague feeling of embarrassment lest any of them should read it as their probable and justifiable reaction would be one of dismay and contempt at the author's naivety.
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Rare first-hand knowledge of the DPRK 15 Jun. 2014
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Fascinating, perplexing, touching, and frustrating. An Irish aid worker with extremely rare access to North Korean society shares his journal of his work, impressions of the country and its people (both official and civilian), and thoughts along the way. I was captivated from the outset. The author hadn't any ideological attachments one way or another that others who've written about North Korea have let seep into their works. He went to help real people and was largely successful, and I think he should be quite proud of his efforts. This book is a very human look at a very inhuman system. I highly recommend it.
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One more "inside" perspective 17 Nov. 2014
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This is a personal memoir so is one man's personal perspective on North Korea. I am not an expert, but have read three other books on the current situation there. This adds another perspective on this most secretive country...so is useful from that standpoint. Each book gives a slightly different and new view of the situation from that individual's vantage point. Nothing to Envy is the most detailed and scholarly of the four books, but each one is useful in its own way. Because the outside world knows so little about North Korea, everything that is printed by one with some actual time "in country" is valuable.
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Great insight 22 Sept. 2014
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A very skilful and personal insight of the apparently all embracing and suffocating State Machine that is the DPRK today.
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