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4.0 out of 5 stars Life in a totalitarian society, 15 Feb. 2012
This review is from: Nothing To Envy: Real Lives In North Korea (Kindle Edition)
Barbara Demick, correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, weaves together the lives of six North Korean defectors in `Nothing to Envy'. The book gives an oral history of a controlling regime and shows the human cost of living in a totalitarian society. Most of us cannot even imagine having to supplement our family diet with grass and weeds or the chances of expressing an opinion resulting in our execution. North and South Korea were split by the US and Russia at the end of the WW2 and while the South prospered the North languished under brutal communist control.

Belying the life shown in Pyongyang, the capital showcased to foreigners, starvation, fear and misguided loyalty brought about by bombastic propaganda faced the rest of the country. Following the downing of the Berlin wall, the break-up of the Soviet Union and even market reforms in China, the longevity of the North Korean regime remains a mystery to many and begs the question, how many more lives will end before change arrives.
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