North Korea Undercover by John Sweeney audiobook

North Korea Undercover: Inside the World’s Most Secret State

By John Sweeney
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Blackstone Publishing 9781605988023
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An authoritative and frightening investigation into the dark side of North Korean society North Korea is like no other tyranny on earth. Its citizens are told their home is the greatest nation in the world, and big brother is always watching. It is Orwell’s 1984 made reality. Award-winning BBC journalist John Sweeney is one of the few foreign journalists to have witnessed the devastating reality of life in the controversial and isolated nation of North Korea. Having entered the country undercover, Sweeny posed as a university professor with a group of students from the London School of Economics. Huge factories with no staff or electricity, hospitals with no patients, uniformed child soldiers, and the world-famous and eerily empty DMZ—the Demilitarized Zone, where North Korea ends and South Korea begins—are all framed by a relentless flow of regime propaganda from omnipresent loudspeakers. Free speech is an illusion: one word out of line, and the gulag awaits. State spies are everywhere, ready to punish disloyalty at the slightest sign of discontent. Drawing on his own experiences and his extensive interviews with defectors and other key witnesses, Sweeney’s North Korea Undercover pulls back the curtain, providing a rare insight into life there today while examining the country’s troubled history and addressing important questions about its uncertain future.

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Summary

Summary

A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week

An authoritative and frightening investigation into the dark side of North Korean society

North Korea is like no other tyranny on earth. Its citizens are told their home is the greatest nation in the world, and big brother is always watching. It is Orwell’s 1984 made reality.

Award-winning BBC journalist John Sweeney is one of the few foreign journalists to have witnessed the devastating reality of life in the controversial and isolated nation of North Korea. Having entered the country undercover, Sweeny posed as a university professor with a group of students from the London School of Economics.

Huge factories with no staff or electricity, hospitals with no patients, uniformed child soldiers, and the world-famous and eerily empty DMZ—the Demilitarized Zone, where North Korea ends and South Korea begins—are all framed by a relentless flow of regime propaganda from omnipresent loudspeakers. Free speech is an illusion: one word out of line, and the gulag awaits. State spies are everywhere, ready to punish disloyalty at the slightest sign of discontent.

Drawing on his own experiences and his extensive interviews with defectors and other key witnesses, Sweeney’s North Korea Undercover pulls back the curtain, providing a rare insight into life there today while examining the country’s troubled history and addressing important questions about its uncertain future.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Sweeney’s book is a spark in the dark of North Korea.” Times (London)
“Harrowing…creepy and poignant; and, in turn, tragic and obscene. North Korea Undercover asserts that the West should be more concerned about labor camps than nuclear weapons.” Sunday Business Post (Dublin)
“This is a chilling book, but a timely one, written with both humor and compassion. Buy it, read it, and discuss it.” Solidarity
“An outsider’s rare look into a mysterious and terrifying place ruled and ruined by three generations of tyrants…This account is shocking and unsettling, but also darkly entertaining.” Publishers Weekly
“Sweeney provides a remarkably vivid look at this hidden country…An investigative must-read.” Booklist

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by ShortNFuzzy 9/13/2017
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This is weird...

Much of this book, though well written, isn't taken very seriously. Or at least, what may be known as one of the most dangerous countries on the planet is treated (half of the time) with an overly lite touch. The book works best and is at its most engaging when it IS being serious.

Author

Author Bio: John Sweeney

Author Bio: John Sweeney

John Sweeney is a reporter for BBC Panorama who became a YouTube sensation when he lost his temper with a senior member of the Church of Scientology. Before joining the BBC in 2001, he worked for twelve years at the Observer, where he covered wars and revolutions and unrest in more than sixty countries. Over the course of his career, Sweeny has won one Emmy, two Royal Television Society Awards, one Radio Academy Award, the What the Papers Say Journalist of the Year Prize, an award from Amnesty International, and the Paul Foot Award. The author of eight books, his hobby is falling off his bike on the way back from the pub.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 10.45
Audience: Adult
Language: English