Review: North Korea Undercover: Inside the World’s Most Secret State

North Korea Undercover: Inside the World's Most Secret State
North Korea Undercover: Inside the World’s Most Secret State by John Sweeney
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’m fascinated by North Korea, which is really an alternate reality on Earth. The Kims have a lot to answer for to the millions of North Koreans spanning generations lost since its founding.

The book adopts an incredulous tone throughout the narrative that I thought detracted from the book a little. Sweeney’s feelings are understandable, and rightly so, but the way it seeps into the text makes the book more emotional than factual. I realize, of course, no text on any subject is free from emotional bias, but the constant name calling (Fat Boy Kim, Elvis impersonator Kim, etc) I feel weakens the text.

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