Books on North Korea

Books that are a must read if you are interested in the North Korean regime and life.
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86 books · 387 voters · list created September 28th, 2011 by Sam Hammington (votes) .
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message 1: by Brian (new)

Brian Glad to see Nothing to Envy up there. It was SO good.


message 2: by Daniela (new)

Daniela Castañeda You should add "The Impossible State" by Victor Cha! It's incredibly dense but clarifying as to why the country became what it is today, insight into what is known, and predictions for what will happen.


message 3: by Brian (new)

Brian Daniela wrote: "You should add "The Impossible State" by Victor Cha! It's incredibly dense but clarifying as to why the country became what it is today, insight into what is known, and predictions for what will ha..."

Daniela, add it to the list!


message 4: by Megan (new)

Megan What the heck....why are Twilight and The Giver and The Lightening Thief and so on even on here??


message 5: by Stephen (last edited Apr 03, 2013 07:20PM) (new)

Stephen Megan wrote: "What the heck....why are Twilight and The Giver and The Lightening Thief and so on even on here??"

I've deleted the following books from this list. I'm pretty certain that they are NOT set in North Korea.
Twilight
The Giver
Diary of Anne Frank
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
The Lightning Thief
Chu's Day
The Wind in the Willows

Pretty sure that Heist Society doesn't belong here either but have never read it.


message 6: by Brian (new)

Brian thanks, stephen!


message 7: by Bookerkc (new)

Bookerkc Why is The Audacity of Hope on the list?


message 8: by Stephen (new)

Stephen Bookerkc wrote: "Why is The Audacity of Hope on the list?" I see that two people have voted for it. I'm not familiar with it but am guessing that there is at least one scene set in North Korea in it. You CAN click on the link that says 2 votes next to that title and see who voted, then message them for further details if you like.


message 9: by J. (last edited Apr 04, 2013 06:04PM) (new)

J. Please add :

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17...
to DPRK book list

Also you can search my profile / my books under the DPRK i have more or less 106 DPRK books

Please delete books that are not talking of DPRK specifically

I'll send friend request. Cheers !


message 10: by Stephen (new)

Stephen J. wrote: "Please add :
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17... to DPRK book list


Anyone can add and vote for books to add to this list. That's part of the problem as to how books end up here when they're not about North Korea at all.


message 11: by Sam (new)

Sam Hammington Thanks for those deletes Stephen!


message 12: by David (new)

David Bookerkc wrote: "Why is The Audacity of Hope on the list?"
ya I was wondering that too, never read it maybe it has a large portion of it focused on n.Korea... but I doubt it.


message 13: by Bookerkc (new)

Bookerkc David wrote: "Bookerkc wrote: "Why is The Audacity of Hope on the list?"
ya I was wondering that too, never read it maybe it has a large portion of it focused on n.Korea... but I doubt it."


I listened to the audio book but I don't remember North Korea in it at all. Maybe it's someone trying to bash the President by alluding to a connection between Obama and communism? Who knows?!


message 14: by Stephen (new)

Stephen I deleted a number of books that were clearly NOT set in North Korea at all. However I wasn't sure about this one having some parts set there. It has received 10 votes on this list so some people apparently think it belongs.


message 15: by Daniel (new)

Daniel Deller This is an excellent list. There seem to be some strange additions, however. I can understand some veiled political commentary with people voting for "The audacity of hope". But the Bill Bryson book? and Einstein? I don't understand.... Also, can anyone recommend a similar list for South Korea?


message 16: by Kavita (new)

Kavita Can someone please remove some of these books? I am not sure why people add irrelevant books to the list! This is a fantastic list, but needs clearing up a little. :)

Einstein: His Life and Universe
Case Histories (Jackson Brodie #1)
التحضير لاختبار الايلتس خطوة بخطوة
Aké: The Years of Childhood
Ashes (Ashes Trilogy #1)
Spiritus Mundi Book I: The Novel
Dream Dark (Caster Chronicles #2.5)
Brother One Cell: An American Coming of Age in South Korea's Prisons(This is about South Korea)
com forget


message 17: by Gretel (new)

Gretel Random YA books are being added to this list?


message 18: by Heather (last edited Dec 15, 2013 10:53PM) (new)

Heather "Who doubts that, if given the choice, most of the people in North Korea would prefer living in South Korea, or that many in Cuba wouldn't mind giving Miami a try?"

That's the only mention of North Korea that came up when I searched The Audacity of Hope on Google Books, so I'm pretty sure people just voted for it here to imply something about Obama... Please remove it from this list.


message 19: by Mario (new)

Mario Sorry I'm new but how do I add this list to my profile? Or at least save a reference to it? Shouldn't there be a Favorite list list?


message 20: by Sattar (new)

Sattar I'm interesting in north Korea and I need most of thees books I well be grateful for any one send any book to me with my best wishes for all


message 21: by J. (new)

J. Count me too, I wish to recieve some books on North Korea or best to her, the DPRK


message 22: by George (new)

George Stanley-Cobb A quick word to say I've just finished reading The Limits of the World by Andrew Raymond Drennan...what a read. It was like I was actually there in North Korea. That's also one of the best main characters I've read in years. I can't understand why it's so low in this list. Although it hasn't been out very long at all.


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