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An Engaging Account of a Trip to North Korea
on 13 November 2014
I have read a number of books on North Korea, and this definitely brings value to the field of literature on the subject. I approached it with a little trepidation, having not been overly impressed with John Sweeney's book telling the story of his encounter with the Church of Scientology. This book, however, is far better constructed and edited, and the narrative far more engaging. It is well-researched and referenced, and the interested reader could disappear (in a good way) down rabbit warrens of additional reading through the references. The account of his trip to North Korea and the highly stage-managed tour of the country is interspersed with very interesting personal accounts from escapees from the regime, and some historical notes too. The style of writing is informal, engaging and at times witty. I recommend it to both newcomers to the field, and also to those who have already read something on the subject.