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Defector Stories

It’s long been clear that these defectors’ tales link up, reference and corroborate each other, creating an undeniable picture of fear, starvation, brutality, and repression. Two such books are The Aquariums of Pyongyang and Nothing to Envy, which remain as arguably the two best defector books that you can read.

Interview With Michael Breen, Author of The New Koreans

Since 1982, Michael Breen has written about the two Koreas, first as a correspondent for The Guardian and The Washington Times, and later as...

Editor’s Picks: Four Books on North Korea

Book review Pyongyang:  A Journey in North Korea, by Guy Delisle The Orphan Master’s Son, by Adam Johnson The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves, and Why It...

Korea This Week: September 11-17

North Korean Missile Launch On Friday, North Korea launched a giant middle finger ballistic missile that flew over the Japanese Island of Hokkaido, and traveled...

Suki Kim’s Warped Tour

  Book Review Without You There Is No Us, by Suki Kim Suki Kim’s excellent new memoir Without You, There Is No Us: My Year with the...

Pyongyang Racer – Having a Gas in Virtual North Korea

The North Korean tourist industry, such as it is, got some bad press this year when two American tourists, Jeffrey Fowle and Matthew Miller,...

Sea of Ire – One Writer’s Battle Against North Korea’s Most...

In November 2010, North Korean howitzers opened fire on a populated area on Yeonpyoung, a South Korean island near their maritime border, killing four...
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