Top positive review
The best book on North Korea
on 10 October 2017
Nothing to Envy
The layout makes it easy to understand. There are 20 chapters and at the back of the book a short introduction to each chapter.
Barbara Demick had travelled to North Korea many times but had always been disappointed that it was difficult to get information from people because they are constantly watched by the security police. In the end she concentrated on speaking to people who had escaped N.K. and settled in China or South Korea. It is obvious that she has spent a huge amount of time speaking to Koreans over more than a decade. She chronicles how some although they have escaped N.K. are still afraid to speak because they have relatives still living under what must be the most inhuman regime in the world.
The famine of the 1990,s is researched in great depth to show how some people started to have doubts about the regime whilst others maintained an absolute faith in “their dear father”.
This is certainly the best book on North Korea that I have come across.