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North of the DMZ by Andrei Lankov
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Apr 09, 2010

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bookshelves: north-korea, meh-whatever
Read from April 09 to 21, 2010

This book is a decent place to start if one wants to learn more about North Korea (although I think Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader: North Korea and the Kim Dynastyis much better). However, most of the information in the first third of the book can be found on online travelogues.

Two stars have to come off for his conviction that the two Koreas will be united one day soon and for his nonchalance about human rights abuses in that country. Reunification is not guaranteed, especially if the current regime is able to hold on to its power. As for the human rights issues that the author blatantly shrugs off, I think the some 200,000 people currently in North Korea's gulags just may beg to differ with the author.

Meh. Whatever.
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