An authoritative and, at times, frightening investigation into the dark side of North Korean society.
North Korea is like no other tyranny on earth. Its citizens are told their home is the greatest nation on earth. Big Brother is always watching: It is Orwell's 1984 made reality.
Award-winning BBC journalist John Sweeney is one of the few foreign journalists to have witnessed the devastating reality of life in the controversial and isolated nation of North Korea, having entered the country undercover, posing as a university professor with a group of students from the London School of Economics.
Huge factories with no staff or electricity; hospitals with no patients; uniformed child soldiers; and the world-famous and eerily empty DMZthe DeMilitarized Zone, where North Korea ends and South Korea beginsall framed by the relentless flow of regime propaganda from omnipresent loudspeakers. Free speech is an illusion: one word out of line and the gulag awaits. State spies are everywhere, ready to punish disloyalty and the slightest sign of discontent.
Drawing on his own experiences and his extensive interviews with defectors and other key witnesses, Sweeney's North Korea Undercover pulls back the curtain, providing a rare insight into life there today, examining the country's troubled history and addressing important questions about its uncertain future.
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About the Author
John Sweeney is a reporter for BBC Panorama. Before joining the BBC in 2001, Sweeney worked for twelve years at The Observer. He has helped free seven innocent people falsely convicted for killing their babies and given evidence against six 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.
Table of Contents
A Note on the Text xix
1 In the Land of the Plastic Toad 21
2 Zombie Gods Seep Goo 34
3 God the Waxwork Father 59
4 'No photos, no photos' 73
5 Jimmy the Gold-Smuggler 82
6 Pyongyang Zoo 94
7 The Scariest Place on Earth 102
8 Facing the Final Curtain 118
9 Cruel Christs of Pus 128
10 Pissing on Marble 140
11 'Would the Dear Leader not be offended by such a gift?' 145
12 The Man Who Went to North Korea and Came Back Mad 149
13 The Washing of Brains 158
14 God the Bad Elvis Son 182
15 Fifty Shades of Green 201
16 Empty Bellies 227
17 The American Who Went to North Korea and Stayed 248
18 The Hospital that Has Patients, but Only in the Morning 265
19 The Gulag Circus 275
20 God the Fat Boy Kim 282
Picture Acknowledgements 297