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North Korea: The Hidden People of North Korea

Pre-emptive book review

I haven’t quite finished reading “The Hidden People of North Korea: Everyday Life in the Hermit Kingdom” by Ralph Hassig and Kangdan Oh but close enough to share some thoughts. This book isn’t as emotionally charged as Barbara Demick’s book on everyday life in North Korea but it does give a good overview of what we do (or don’t know) about what life is like in North Korea. Good use of sources and sensible analysis makes this book a good read. In fact, this book is much more readable than I expected because I found their earlier book “North Korea Through the Looking Glass” to be difficult to get through. Maybe I was in a bad mood when I read the earlier book or maybe this one is just better written. The best thing about books like this is that they collate together information over a period of years so the pattern of how events unfolded becomes more clear. Stepping back with the benefit of hindsight can really put things in perspective.


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