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This review is from: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding North Korea (Paperback)
North Korea, or more correctly, PRNK (Peoples Republic of North Korea) as this book clearly illustrates, provides us with a clear demonstration of how and why Communism has proved to be a failure in every possible respect. All the ingredients are there in PRNK and have all been made familiar to us in the erstwhile Communist regimes in the USSR, East Germany,Romania and China to name just four. These features include a repressive police system, powerful armed forces,arbitrary arrest and imprisonment for the most minor offences,gross mismatch betwen the lifestyles of the ruling elite and the living conditions of the population at large,and last but by no means least the elevation of the leaders to to near-mythical status. Kim Jong il (aka The Dear leader - he of the bouffant hairstyle and build-up shoes and notoriously extravagant lifestyle) is said to have achieved eleven holes-in-one on a standard 18-hole golf course. If you believe that you will believe anything!
My only regret on reading this book is that it was written before Kim's death in December 2011 so I was left wondering about his successor,Kim Jong-un, but then he is such a shadowy low-profile individual that it is difficult to see what ths authors of this otherwise enlightening book could have found to say about him.