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    DescriptionAward-winning BBC journalist John Sweeney is one of the few to have witnessed at first hand the devastating reality of life in the controversial and isolated nation of North Korea. Posing as a university professor, Sweeney went undercover to gain unprecedented access to the world's most secret state. He spoke to people who have seen the horrific dark side of the regime and saw things which have been hidden for years from the eyes of the western world: huge factories with no staff or electricity; hospitals with no patients; uniformed child soldiers; and the world-famous and eerily empty DMZ - the De-Militarized Zone where North Korea ends and South Korea starts - all framed by the relentless flow of regime propaganda from omnipresent loudspeakers. Sweeney also visited South Korea and met defectors from the North who told him the other side of the story: gulags within a gulag state, dire poverty, blunted lives, hideous torture, effective infanticide of disabled babies, stick-limbed children dying of famine and mass graves of political prisoners that could only be dug when the spring thaw set in. With the world's eyes focused on North Korea, Sweeney's timely account is a stunning piece of reportage from the country the author describes as the strangest place he's ever visited. A combination of first person experiences, new and revealing interviews, and history, North Korea Undercover examines the country's troubled history and provides a window into life there today.

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    North Korea Undercover
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) John Sweeney
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 232 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 460 g
    ISBN 13: 9780593072981
    ISBN 10: 0593072987

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17430
    BIC E4L: POL
    BIC subject category V2: KNTJ
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T7.4
    BISAC V2.8: LAN008000
    Libri: ENGM4900
    BISAC V2.8: POL016000, POL011000, BUS070060, POL042000
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FPKN
    BIC subject category V2: JPSL
    Libri: KORE5020
    LC subject heading:
    Libri: KORE5060
    DC23: 320.95193
    LC subject heading: , ,
    Thema V1.0: KNT, JPSL
    Transworld Publishers Ltd
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    Publication date
    14 November 2013
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    Author Information
    John Sweeney is a reporter for BBC Panorama who became a YouTube sensation when he lost his temper with a senior member of the Church of Scientology. Before joining the BBC in 2001, Sweeney worked for twelve years at The Observer, where he covered wars and revolutions and unrest in more than sixty countries from Algeria, Bosnia, Chechnya to Zimbabwe. He has helped free seven innocent people falsely convicted for killing their babies and given evidence against six suspected war criminals in The Hague.Over the course of his career John has won one Emmy, two Royal Television Society prizes, one Sony Gold award, the What The Papers Say Journalist of The Year Prize, an Amnesty International prize and the Paul Foot Award.He is the author of eight books, including most recently The Church of Fear - Inside The Weird World of Scientology. His hobby is falling off his bike on the way back from the pub.
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    "Sweeney's book is a spark in the dark of North Korea." The Times "The recent UN report on North Korea under-lined the importance of Sweeney's book. There is much to learn from North Korea Undercover." Literary Review "Harrowing... creepy and poignant; and, in turn, tragic and obscene. North Korea Undercover asserts that the West should be more concerned about labour camps than nuclear weapons." -- Tom Farrell Sunday Business Post "A tremendous piece of reporting. This book is one that we should all read and absorb." Army Rumour Service "This is a chilling book, but a timely one, written with both humour and compassion. Buy it, read it, and discuss it." Solidarity