North Korea is a country where everything is a secret. People get to know only those things which the supreme leader of North Korea Kim Jong Un wants them to know. It is a country known for its obsession with missiles, nuclear weapons, and its relations with the United States. The country makes the headlines for the bizarre decisions president Kim takes for the North Korean citizens.
It makes people very curious to know more about this country. So if too are intrigued in advancing your knowledge and know about this country then here are the five books which you can read to enhance your knowledge about North Korea, its citizens, and its leaders.
Nothing To Envy: Ordinary Lives In North Korea
This book is written by Los Angeles Times journalist Barbara Demick. The book consists of interviews of more than 100 refugees from Chongjin, North Korea. The author covers the famine of the 1990s, the route the main characters took to Seoul, and the effects of the 2009 currency reform. The books shed the light on the lives and needs of the citizens of North Korea.
Under The Loving Care Of The Fatherly Leader: North Korea And The Kim Dynasty
North Korea is ruled by the Kim family for decades. Kim Jong Un is the third generation of the Kim family to rule North Korea. His lineage is referred to in North Korea as the Mount Paektu Bloodline. The book is written by Bradley Martin a historian of East Asia. This book is considered as the encyclopedia about North Korea. It is a 900 pages book.
The impossible state: North Korea, Past And Future
The book talks about North Korea’s policy with the peninsula and America in the past and the future. The author of the book is Victor Cha. He led the U.S. delegation to the six-party talks — the 2003 negotiations attempting North Korea’s peaceful denuclearization. The book has also covered US policy strategies with North Korea.
Marching Through Suffering: Loss And Survival In North Korea
This book is written by Sandra Fahy, an anthropologist from the University of London. The book is the account of interviews of over 30 North Koreans who defected to Seoul and Tokyo during the time of the 1990s famine. The book touches on the humanitarian aspect of the citizens of North Korea.
The Real North Korea: Life and Politics In The Failed Stalinist Utopia
The author Andrei Lankov, is a Russian scholar who stayed as an exchange student in North Korea in the 1980s. This book gives a comprehensive background and history of North Korea. It has covered everything about this country after the Second World War and its regime from 1948. The problems it tackled as a country for its survival.