North Korea Undercover: Inside the World's Most Secret State by John Sweeney

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Read North Korea Undercover: Inside the World's Most Secret State Online Free - North Korea is like no other tyranny on earth. It is Orwell's 1984 made reality.

The regime controls the flow of information to its citizens, pouring relentless propaganda through omnipresent loud speakers. Free speech is an illusion: one word out of line and the gulag awaits. State spies are everywhere, ready to punish disloyalty and the slightest sign of discontent.

You must bow to Kim Il Sung, the Eternal Leader and to his son, Generalissimo Kim Jong Il. Worship the dead and then hail the living, the Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un.

North Koreans are told their home is the greatest nation on earth. Big Brother is always watching.

Posing as a university professor, award-winning BBC journalist John Sweeney travelled undercover to gain unprecedented access to the world's most secret state. Drawing on his own experiences and his extensive interviews with defectors and other key witnesses, North Korea Undercover pulls back the curtain, providing a rare insight into life there today, examining the country's troubled history and addressing important questions about its uncertain future.

Sweeney's highly engaging, authoritative account illuminates the dark side of the Hermit Kingdom and challenges the West's perception of this paranoid nationalist state.



Title : North Korea Undercover: Inside the World's Most Secret State
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ISBN : 1605988022
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 336 pages


Reviews


11811 (Eleven) rated it ★★★★☆

March 16, 2017

Journalists have a knack for making this sort of material more accessible than the average historian but I can't say I learned anything that can't be found on Wikipedia. I was however reminded of things I had forgotten and enjoyed the reading experience. The use of humor was well played and I'm f...


Speedstar25 rated it ★★★☆☆

January 01, 2014

It looks more like a tourist reviewing a place he had visited rather than an undercover story. In my own opinion, the book does not cover much in depth details of the DPRK regime as compared to other books such as "Nothing to Envy" and "The aquarium of Pyongyang". This book-"North Korea Undercover...


Clare rated it ★★★★★

August 10, 2016

I found this an interesting though depressing read. We don't know exactly what goes on inside North Korea nor how many people starve to death or are jailed for life in cold gulags; but thanks to various journalists and escapees we have a fair idea. John Sweeney of BBC clearly despises the persona...


Amy rated it ★★☆☆☆

December 27, 2015

I have varying thoughts. North Korea Undercover started out really well, with catchy writing and a promising narrative. I certainly agree with him that North Korea is an evil regime and I appreciated the historical and cultural summary. The analysis bored me, however. Sweeney is immensely repetit...


Rosie rated it ★★☆☆☆

March 08, 2014

For an undercover investigative journalist in the strangest country on the planet, John Sweeney has managed to write an incredibly dry book. He has spent little time on his own experience, preferring instead to regurgitate numerous quotes and paraphrase at length from other books about North Kore...


Paul rated it ★★☆☆☆

October 10, 2015

2.5 stars for readability. 1.5 stars for content. North Korea always fascinates. When I hear about new books on the subject I generally order copies from the library. This one doesn't live up to its billing. It doesn't contribute to our knowledge of North Korea, and there's nothing "undercover" ab...


Matthew rated it ★★★☆☆

July 25, 2015

It was tough to decide what to rate this one; at various points in the book, my opinion veered anywhere from 2 to 4 stars. Overall, though, I liked the book, even loved it in a few places. The good: Sweeney has an amazing talent to interview people in connection with North Korea that provided some...


Dale rated it ★☆☆☆☆

November 11, 2015

Worst non fiction book that I have ever read. Terrible is an understatement. The writing is all over the place, many sentences simply do not translate very well, and to top it off the content is more like a tourist log than any type of undercover expose. I am not sure who John Sweeney's target aud...


Apratim rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 05, 2017

This book has a misappropriate title.It should be Stories from North Korea.John Sweeney talks about his travel less and more about defectors.Many a page are wasted in facts known to the world already.Moreover a whole chapter on IRA is added for no reason.I will give it two stars.The one extra sta...


John rated it ★★★☆☆

March 14, 2016

Author's travel narrative style rivals that of Bill Bryson. Unfortunately, the excellent narration didn't prevent me from losing interest regularly during the journalistic (second-hand) reports of conditions there.





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