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Inside North Korea

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  88 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
All but closed to outside visitors and influence, its public posture guarded and combative, we see almost nothing from inside North Korea. Award-winning photographer Mark Edward Harris has had rare access to this reclusive country, traveling within its borders as well as documenting life along its northern border with China and the highly militarized DMZ dividing North and ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published March 8th 2007 by Chronicle Books
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Charlie Weiss
Dec 11, 2014 Charlie Weiss rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
Some of the pictures are fascinating, but it tempers it a little bit when you think that the photo ops were no doubt heavily censored.
John
Nov 13, 2014 John rated it it was ok
A picture book with short essays about the pictures, it really wasn't that interesting.
Hotavio
Jan 08, 2011 Hotavio rated it really liked it
Harris' photographs are a look into a forbidden world. They sum up what we have come to understand of the small isolated nation. While bizarre, surreal, and stark, a beauty is relayed in these glimpses. They feel dangerous to look at. One can only imagine the rush Harris must have felt in taking them. I enjoyed the hour or so it took to consume Inside North Korea . It was some of the best entertainment 5 dollars could buy.
Lindsay
Aug 16, 2007 Lindsay rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Kelly K
Shelves: skimmed
I can hardly say I "read" this book, as it's mostly pictures. But it's definitely interesting, particularly if you're obsessed with Cold War/socialist-type politics. I still can't believe that North Korea is so cut off, and that no one seems to care except for when they threaten nuclear attacks. It is so much worse there than it was in East Germany or the USSR.
Come on, people!
Valarie
Jun 11, 2011 Valarie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: educational, asia
This photography book has the perfect blend of text and photos to illustrate the current situation in North Korea. The two-page spreads are fantastic, filling the reader's vision to transport them to the Hermit Kingdom. The essays and captions are honest and objective.
Steven
Apr 07, 2011 Steven added it
Predominately a book of very fascinating photos. Books such as this are always interesting to me due to wondering how much of it is influenced/controlled by parties other than the author/photographer. Great visuals.
John Hardin
Dec 28, 2012 John Hardin rated it it was amazing
An astounding picture book about the world's most isolated country. Many of the pictures were probably staged, but they offer a rare glimpse of what goes on inside the "Hermit Kingdom."
Rosa
Jan 08, 2011 Rosa rated it it was amazing
I have looked through this at a Borders Books in Westlake. These pictures give a good view of how the people live their lives in North Korea.
Joe
Jan 05, 2009 Joe rated it it was amazing
Incredibly frightening but extremely important book on the worst nation on Earth.
Krisna Partawindu
Oct 29, 2013 Krisna Partawindu rated it it was amazing
great book with amazing pictures.
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