The Aquariums of Pyongyang

The Aquariums of Pyongyang
Title The Aquariums of Pyongyang PDF eBook
Author Chʻŏr-hwan Kang
Publisher Atlantic Books
Pages 276
Release 2006
Genre History
ISBN

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Kang Chol-hwan grew up in North Korean labour camps and escaped to South Korea to document his personal life as a testimonial to the hardships and atrocities that still constitute the lives of several hundred thousand people living in the gulag today.

Aquariums of Pyongyang

Aquariums of Pyongyang
Title Aquariums of Pyongyang PDF eBook
Author Chol-hwan Kang
Publisher Basic Books (AZ)
Pages 266
Release 2002-09-04
Genre Biography & Autobiography
ISBN

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The first personal documentation of life in the North Korean labor camps from a survivor and escapee of the communist regime's prisons

The Aquariums of Pyongyang

The Aquariums of Pyongyang
Title The Aquariums of Pyongyang PDF eBook
Author Kang Chol-Hwan
Publisher Atlantic Books Ltd
Pages 241
Release 2012-12-01
Genre Biography & Autobiography
ISBN 0857895389

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'I beseech you to read this account' - Christopher Hitchens A magnificent, harrowing testimony to the voiceless victims of North Korea. Kang Chol-Hwan is the first survivor of a North Korean concentration camp to escape the 'hermit kingdom' and tell his story to the world. This memoir reveals the human suffering in his camp, with its forced labour, frequent public executions and near-starvation rations. Kang eventually escaped to South Korea via China to give testimony to the hardships and atrocities that constitute the lives of the thousands of people still detained in the gulags today. Part horror story, part historical document, part memoir, part political tract, this story of one young man's personal suffering finally gives eye-witness proof to this neglected chapter of modern history.

The Aquariums of Pyongyang

The Aquariums of Pyongyang
Title The Aquariums of Pyongyang PDF eBook
Author Chol-Hwan Kang
Publisher Basic Books (AZ)
Pages 272
Release 2005-08
Genre Biography & Autobiography
ISBN 9780465011056

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Long Road Home

Long Road Home
Title Long Road Home PDF eBook
Author Yong Kim
Publisher Columbia University Press
Pages 185
Release 2009-06-19
Genre Biography & Autobiography
ISBN 0231519281

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Kim Yong shares his harrowing account of life in a labor camp a singularly despairing form of torture carried out by the secret state. Although it is known that gulags exist in North Korea, little information is available about their organization and conduct, for prisoners rarely escape both incarceration and the country alive. Long Road Home shares the remarkable story of one such survivor, a former military official who spent six years in a gulag and experienced firsthand the brutality of an unconscionable regime. As a lieutenant colonel in the North Korean army, Kim Yong enjoyed unprecedented privilege in a society that closely monitored its citizens. He owned an imported car and drove it freely throughout the country. He also encountered corruption at all levels, whether among party officials or Japanese trade partners, and took note of the illicit benefits that were awarded to some and cruelly denied to others. When accusations of treason stripped Kim Yong of his position, the loose distinction between those who prosper and those who suffer under Kim Jong-il became painfully clear. Kim Yong was thrown into a world of violence and terror, condemned to camp No. 14 in Hamkyeong province, North Korea's most notorious labor camp. As he worked a constant shift 2,400 feet underground, daylight became Kim's new luxury; as the months wore on, he became intimately acquainted with political prisoners, subhuman camp guards, and an apocalyptic famine that killed millions. After years of meticulous planning, and with the help of old friends, Kim escaped and came to the United States via China, Mongolia, and South Korea. Presented here for the first time in its entirety, his story not only testifies to the atrocities being committed behind North Korea's wall of silence but also illuminates the daily struggle to maintain dignity and integrity in the face of unbelievable hardship. Like the work of Solzhenitsyn, this rare portrait tells a story of resilience as it reveals the dark forms of oppression, torture, and ideological terror at work in our world today.

The Real North Korea

The Real North Korea
Title The Real North Korea PDF eBook
Author Andrei Lankov
Publisher Oxford University Press
Pages 350
Release 2013-05-02
Genre History
ISBN 0199964297

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After providing an accessible history of the nation, the author turns his focus to what North Korea is, what its leadership thinks and how its people cope with living in such an oppressive and poor place, arguing that North Korea is not irrational, but rather a nation that has survived against all odds.

From Benito Mussolini to Hugo Chavez

From Benito Mussolini to Hugo Chavez
Title From Benito Mussolini to Hugo Chavez PDF eBook
Author Paul Hollander
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Pages 339
Release 2016
Genre History
ISBN 1107071038

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This book explores the roots of reverence and admiration expressed by many distinguished Western intellectuals for ruthless dictators.