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  • Title: North Korea Undercover: Inside the World's Most Secret State
  • Author: JohnSweeney
  • ISBN: 9781605988023
  • Page: 282
  • Format: Hardcover

  • North Korea Undercover: Inside the World's Most Secret State By JohnSweeney North Korea is like no other tyranny on earth It is Orwell s 1984 made reality.The regime controls the flow of information to its citizens, pouring relentless propaganda through omnipresent loud speakers 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.You muNorth Korea is like no other tyranny on earth It is Orwell s 1984 made reality.The regime controls the flow of information to its citizens, pouring relentless propaganda through omnipresent loud speakers 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.You must bow to Kim Il Sung, the Eternal Leader and to his son, Generalissimo Kim Jong Il Worship the dead and then hail the living, the Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un.North Koreans are told their home is the greatest nation on earth Big Brother is always watching.Posing as a university professor, award winning BBC journalist John Sweeney travelled undercover to gain unprecedented access to the world s most secret state Drawing on his own experiences and his extensive interviews with defectors and other key witnesses, 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.Sweeney s highly engaging, authoritative account illuminates the dark side of the Hermit Kingdom and challenges the West s perception of this paranoid nationalist state.
    JohnSweeney
    John Sweeney is an award winning journalist and author, currently working as an investigative journalist for the BBC s Panorama series Before joining the BBC in 2001, Sweeney worked for twelve years at The Observer, where he covered wars and revolutions in than sixty countries including Romania, Algeria, Iraq, Chechnya, Burundi and Bosnia In 1996, He was sued for criminal defamation in France by the Barclay brothers, owners of the Daily Telegraph, but the claimants lost their case At the time, Sweeney worked for the rival newspaper The Observer, and had given an interview on BBC Radio Guernsey alleging that they had been involved in corruption Since the broadcast could also be heard in northern France, the claimants were able to bring their claim in the French courts Sweeney was ordered to pay 3000 by the appeal court in Rennes, FranceSweeney spent four years investigating the cases of Sally Clark, Angela Cannings and Donna Anthony, three women who had been falsely imprisoned for killing their children Sweeney s investigation helped to clear their names, and led to Sir Roy Meadow, the expert witness whose testimony had proved decisive in their convictions, being temporarily struck off the General Medical Council s medical register Sweeney received the Paul Foot Award in 2005 in recognition of his work.He has won several awards throughout his career, including 1998 What the Papers Say Journalist of the Year prize for reports on human rights abuses in Algeria.2000 an Emmy Award and a Royal Television Society prize for programs about the Massacre at Krusha e Madhe, Kosovo.2001 the Amnesty International prize for Victims of the Torture Train, about human rights abuses in Chechnya.2003 a Sony Gold award 2003 for Best Radio News program.2004 a Royal Television Society prize 2004 for Angela s Hope, a BBC One documentary about a woman wrongly convicted of murdering her three babies.2005 The Paul Foot Award Scientology and Me , a Panorama investigation into Scientology written and presented by Sweeney, was aired on BBC One on Monday, 14 May 2007 Prior to its airing,video footage filmed by the Church of Scientology was released that showed Sweeney shouting at Scientology representative Tommy Davis during a visit to CCHR s Psychiatry An Industry of Death The clips were sections of a documentary the Church of Scientology s Freedom Magazine TV produced about the BBC Panorama programme Sweeney remarked that he lost his temper due to days of harassment by Davis and the Church, and a strong personal reaction to the psychiatry exhibit He had been visited at his hotel by Davis, despite not having shared the address with the Church, and had been followed on several different occasions Sweeney labelled the clips attack videos and others say they were produced to discredit himself and the documentary The BBC in response aired its own full recording of the incident Panorama s Editor Sandy Smith explained what happened and how the BBC dealt with the incident in a post on the BBC s Editor s Blog An internal BBC investigation found that Sweeney s conduct at one point in the filming was clearly inappropriate, but also noted that Sweeney had apologised for his outburst and concluded that as a whole, filming of the documentary had been performed in a proper and fair manner Later on that same year in the BBC Panorama year in review Sweeney said a new generation is making up its own mind, and for that I make no apology Only a month and a half later Project Chanology began This time as a part of a rehearsed joke, Sweeney goes into a similar outburst in January 2009 when being interviewed on Radio 4 about the Tom Cruise film Valkyrie clearly referring to the episode two years previously A follow up Panorama programme also hosted by Sweeney, which at an hour is twice the length of the original one was aired on the 28 September 2010 This documentary contained int

    North Korea Undercover: Inside the World's Most Secret State By JohnSweeney

    Commentaires:

    11811 (Eleven)
    Journalists have a knack for making this sort of material accessible than the average historian but I can t say I learned anything that can t be found on I was however reminded of things I had forgotten and enjoyed the reading experience The use of humor was well played and I m fortunate to be a fan of inappropriate humor.

    Speedstar25
    It looks like a tourist reviewing a place he had visited rather than an undercover story.In my own opinion, the book does not cover much in depth details of the DPRK regime as compared to other books such as Nothing to Envy and The aquarium of Pyongyang This book North Korea Undercover merely covers the brief facts on the regime where one can finds easily on the web There are also no first hand encounter from the Author nor any interviews from Defectors or North Koreans However, one thing good [...]

    Clare O'Beara
    I found this an interesting though depressing read We don t know exactly what goes on inside North Korea nor how many people starve to death or are jailed for life in cold gulags but thanks to various journalists and escapees we have a fair idea John Sweeney of BBC clearly despises the personality cult and brainwashing, having exposed Scientology He found a similar, profitable but deadlier cult in NK on his undercover visit Now, Sweeney did not do anything but pose as a history professor to acco [...]

    Amy
    I have varying thoughts North Korea Undercover started out really well, with catchy writing and a promising narrative I certainly agree with him that North Korea is an evil regime and I appreciated the historical and cultural summary The analysis bored me, however Sweeney is immensely repetitive He repeats the same stories and facts over and over He occasionally fleshes the stories out near the end of the book, but by that point I had fully chewed over the information and was done with it I didn [...]

    Angus McKeogh
    Great book Highly interesting Extremely well written with sarcasm and tongue in cheek humor It s such a weird, weird world And sad It s true Highly recommended

    Rosie
    For an undercover investigative journalist in the strangest country on the planet, John Sweeney has managed to write an incredibly dry book He has spent little time on his own experience, preferring instead to regurgitate numerous quotes and paraphrase at length from other books about North Korea It s quite an achievement to illegally enter the world s most dangerous, least democratic country and film the regime even so to do that and then make it sound dull and dry

    Paul
    2.5 stars for readability 1.5 stars for content.North Korea always fascinates When I hear about new books on the subject I generally order copies from the library This one doesn t live up to its billing It doesn t contribute to our knowledge of North Korea, and there s nothing undercover about it, save for the author passing himself off to NK authorities as a teacher rather than a journalist.North Korea Undercover is little than a diary of a tourist visit to Pyongyang, where Sweeney s group get [...]

    Matthew Ciarvella
    It was tough to decide what to rate this one at various points in the book, my opinion veered anywhere from 2 to 4 stars Overall, though, I liked the book, even loved it in a few places.The good Sweeney has an amazing talent to interview people in connection with North Korea that provided some fascinating stories The chapter where he talks with two guys from the IRA who trained in North Korea before getting kicked out for bad behavior Awesome, interesting, and way too brief for how interesting i [...]

    Dale Pearl
    Worst non fiction book that I have ever read Terrible is an understatement The writing is all over the place, many sentences simply do not translate very well, and to top it off the content is like a tourist log than any type of undercover expose.I am not sure who John Sweeney s target audience is Maybe that is why it is so bad as I don t think he has one The only person who could remotely find value in this book would be a former Korean who has fled to the nether regions of the world.

    Apratim Mukherjee
    This book has a misappropriate title.It should be Stories from North Korea.John Sweeney talks about his travel less and about defectors.Many a page are wasted in facts known to the world already.Moreover a whole chapter on IRA is added for no reason.I will give it two stars.The one extra star is for information in the book.

    John
    Author s travel narrative style rivals that of Bill Bryson Unfortunately, the excellent narration didn t prevent me from losing interest regularly during the journalistic second hand reports of conditions there.

    Ashleigh
    Highly recommend this book if you are looking for an insight into North Korea written in layman s terms.

    Will Staunton
    While North Korea is not a place that lends itself to levity, John Sweeney brings his very British wit to bear on the absurdity that is the Kim dynasty The book could be seen as a beginner s guide to the country and its history, and paints a picture in broad strokes through Sweeney s first hand experiences and interviews with escaped North Koreans, diplomats, and other political figures The book could have used another round of edits, as Sweeney tends to repeat himself, but we can forgive him hi [...]

    Christopher
    Full Disclosure I received a copy of this book for free through Giveaway program However, the views expressed are my own and do not reflect that of the author, the publisher, or In 2002, Pres George W Bush famously called North Korea, along with Iran and Iraq, a member of the Axis of Evil While this was a rhetorical ploy used to give him cover to invade Iraq a year later, as this book shows, Pres Bush was not wrong about the North Korean regime being evil Part expos , part travelogue, Mr Sweeney [...]

    Sarah
    While most of the reviews of this book have skewered it for using other sources great books like The Aquariums of Pyongyang Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag or Nothing to Envy Ordinary Lives in North Korea , I think those reviewers have missed the point.This book is a travelogue, sure, but also includes a lot of history about North Korea and the Kim family, all packaged in a very pop culture, palatable presentation The audience for this book is not wannabe North Korean scholars It isn t peopl [...]

    Talya Boerner
    Given what s going on in our world today, we should all educate ourselves on the world s most secret state North Korea Undercover would be a timely read for Halloween, only this is real life, and Kim Jong Un s vileness should not be underestimated Part expos , part travelogue, the author writes of his time in North Korea posing as a history professor He mixes his observations with other first hand accounts of those once inside who lived to tell about it Bottom line the people of North Korea are [...]

    Kam Leung
    I bought this book 8 months ago after reading a fantastic book The Aquariums of Pyongyang , which is a memoir of the ten year imprisonment of a young boy in a North Korean concentration camp before he made his escape.I wanted to know about North Korea after reading that book and when I saw North Korea Undercover , which is seemingly about a BBC journalist travelling undercover to North Korea, I was hooked and bought the book Unfortunately, that probably was the best part of the book for me the [...]

    Jameson
    This book paints a clear picture of the obscure nation that we see so much in today s headlines Sweeney s narrative does a great job of painting a picture of a dystopian adventure that had significant implications on both his life and career His perspective as a seasoned journalist with a history of exploring Communist and Post Communist states helps give the reader mental touch points to show the similarities and differences between other dictatorships throughout recent history This exploration [...]

    Kristin Strong
    Could have been half as long This is a glorified travelogue chronicling the author s eight day trip to the DPRK with a group of students from the London School of Economics There s not much juicy insider stuff here, as the group of foreigners sees only what the regime provided minders want them to see The history included is better read elsewhere, as it s not told in a linear manner and only served to confuse me, as it was hard to recall whether it was the Great Leader or the Dear Leader who was [...]

    Maciej
    Undercover mission of John Sweeney failed big time This book could have been so much , while I have had a constant feeling that the author was not perceptive nor interested enough to grasp what he could from his visit to North Korea You would expect some details, some descriptions, stories, images instead what you get is John s biased humor and not so funny jokes You can easily book a trip to North Korea yourself as well and I guarantee that you would have to say afterwards than John gives us i [...]

    James Cogbill
    John Sweeney provides an excellent review of the history and ongoing tragedy of the totalitarian regime north of the DMZ and the bizarre evil Kim Dynasty Using accounts of defectors, significant research, and his own undercover trip to North Korea under the guise of a visiting LSE professor, Sweeney provides an astounding level of detail and his own personal reflections on the evils of the regime He offers a policy prescription of attempting to open the closed society to news of the outside worl [...]

    Chels
    John Sweeney has written an illuminating book about North Korea, thick with sarcasm and indignation Though people serious about subject probably won t glean much, beginners like me will appreciate everything this book has to offer It s a little bit of everything history, politics, expos , and travel journalism, all written by a man who has decades of experience writing about tyrannical governments and organizations His tongue and cheek observations will make you laugh out loud and then you ll fe [...]

    Donny
    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 emotional than factual I realize, of course, no text on any subject is free from emotional bias, [...]

    Vanessa
    Hmm not keen on Sweeney s writing style at all but at least the reader can glean a little information about this secretive country.Overall I was disappointed by the lack of solid information surely photos were taken than those included, given the number of people in the group, and pics would have been interesting and revealing than Sweeney s the countless references to other people s research.Some of the links to web sites and articles were useful, but the book itself didn t really go out on [...]

    Kerszi
    Przeczytawszy t ksi k , bardzo si ciesz e yj w Polsce Mam gdzie spa , co je , ci g e dostawy pr du, a nawet Internet, nikt nie zabija mojej rodziny Mam nadziej , e ten ustr j zniknie w Korei P nocnej i ludzie si dowiedz e mo na y lepie, chocia nie wszyscy wiedz e jest lepszy wiat za ich kurtyn Technologia tak jak autor pisze czyni cuda i powoli przebija si te do Korei A z technologi czno na wiat Przeci tny Korea czyk, poza w adz , uciekinierami, przemytnikami nie ma tak dobrze jak narzekaj cy po [...]

    Elisabeth Cole
    This book didn t have anything I haven t heard somewhere else The author was honest about being biased and had no qualms about it He came across as almost disrespectful at times in the book, with his actions and comments during his tour of North Korea A lot of the book addressed his thoughts about what he suspected certain things meant and of course it always included something nefarious Kind of got tedious but I did get through the whole thing.

    Daniel Gaddy
    If you re interested in North Korea, but haven t read much about it, this would be a great book to read first He crams so much great stuff into it He covers the country s general history and includes the individual stories of people who experienced the worst of the regime But he also includes his own story of experiencing a tour of North Korea after telling officials that he was a history professor The whole time he s incredibly cheeky about the craziness of the Kim dynasty.

    Ruben Malakyan
    This amazing narrative by J Sweeney sheds a lot of light on an otherwise secluded and secretive regime that is North Korea With witty jokes and funny anecdotes, this easy flowing book is most certainly something that you want to have if you are intersested in North Korea The narrative is sometimes monotonous and repetitive but otherwise everything is very well organized to tell the REAL STORY behind this communist regime.

    Mike Hill
    Interesting read Mostly familiar if you have read about North Korea before but still there is new information and new points of view FFor example I didn t know Bill Gates organization was so foolish about relialibity of statistics in NK.Sarcastic and sceptic style of writing is refreshing as sometimes NK books are too grim.

    SteveDave
    This irreverently written book on North Korea is part history, part travelogue The strange world of the DPRK is laid bare, with stories of kidnapped Romanian artists, defecting American servicemen, obsequious minders, and vainglorious leaders who let their people starve while they dine on imported delicacies made by internationally renowned chefs.

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