Dr. Mindy Landeck
North Korea Confidential: Private Markets, Fashion Trends, Prison Camps, Dissenters and Defectors
by Daniel Tudor and James Pearson
Description: North Korea is back in the nightly news and with good reason. As the world watches unprecedented progress be made toward the reunification of the Korean peninsula, there is also a growing awareness of just how tenuous the terms of our modern global nuclear detente may indeed be. Tudor and Pearson’s 2015 study lifts the veil on the everyday lives of people inside the “hermit kingdom”. In this book, the authors offer readers a variety of insiders’ views on North Korean society, drawing from extensive interviews with people ranging from Pyongyang elites to defectors who hail from every walk of life. The book also collates the insights of career diplomats and NGO workers with hard-won expertise on Korea, folding the whole into a body of personal narratives that reveal the hopes, dreams, fears and incredible resilience of the ordinary people who live under Kim Jong-un’s watchful eyes. Most Americans know very little about North Korea despite its reemergence in our nightly news as a nexus of incredibly important foreign relations concerns. This book provides the faculty an opportunity to be become better informed global citizens who are capable of discussing, with students and others, the promise, threat, and potential long-term ramifications of currently unfolding political events. In the present moment, no global citizen should remain in the dark about the history, nature, and trajectory of the Kim regime.