The Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag

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Basic Books, Aug 24, 2005 - History - 272 pages
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Part horror story, part historical document, part memoir, part political tract, one man's suffering gives eyewitness proof to an ongoing sorrowful chapter of modern history.

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A startling insight into the hermit kingdom. - Goodreads
Overall it is easy to read. - Goodreads
A great introduction into the Hermit Kingdom. - Goodreads
It was easy to read but not all that I expected. - Goodreads
This gets a 5 for information, 3 for writing. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Marc Cooper - Goodreads

A very flowing narrative account of one man and families experience of oppression in North Korea. I was glad to get a better understanding of the situation there and on the whole it was very balanced ... Read full review

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User Review  - Emma - Goodreads

Although this is Kang Chol-Hwan's story, Pierre Rigoulot is credited with having co-written this in the version I have. In parts I found it difficult to believe that some of the narrative and ... Read full review

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Adapting to a Capitalist World
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A Voice From North Korea Echoes in the White House - New York Times
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About the author (2005)

Kang Chol-hwan lives and works in Seoul, where he is a staff writer for Chosun Ilbo, a daily newspaper in South Korea. Pierre Rigoulot is a journalist, historian, and human rights activist living in Paris, France. He is the author of numerous books on the history of political repression and contributed the North Korean chapter to the best-selling The Black Book of Communism (Harvard University Press).

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