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Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick

http://nothingtoenvy.com/nothing-to-envy-excerpt/

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6178648-nothing-to-envy

A National Book Award finalist and National Book Critics Circle finalist, Barbara Demick's Nothing to Envy is a remarkable view into North Korea, as seen through the lives of six ordinary citizens. "Nothing to Envy" follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years — a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung, the unchallenged rise to power of his son Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population.

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  • Karen

    Just read The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves and Why It Matters . (Not a breezy read, not a horrible slog. A bit pedantic.) The central argument is that North Korea central philosophy is their ethnic purity and moral superiority to all other ethnic groups. He argues that the North Korean masses get different propaganda than the outside world, and that they calibrate the propaganda to not contradict what's filtering in, but still implying North Korean superiority in all things. (e.g. Yes, South Koreans have more stuff, but they're suffering under the yoke of those Yankee bastards.) It was very illuminating.

    April 4, 2014

    • Sarah L.

      I might have to read that. Ever since I read Nothing to Envy, I've been bringing it up all the time in my Global classes. (More so with the older students.) They're pretty shocked that North Korea is genuinely like that.

      April 5, 2014

  • Sarah

    February 18, 2014

    • Sarah

      Warning: the Human Rights Watch video embedded in that article is super mega depressing.

      February 18, 2014

  • Heather R.

    I just got the book yesterday and I'm loving it. I'm only on page 84 but the flow is great, and I can't wait to read more.

    January 27, 2014

    • Sarah L.

      I'm at about the same spot. It's been pretty interesting for me since I will be teaching a lot of this in Global soon. So now I feel better prepared to teach it.

      January 28, 2014

    • Heather R.

      I didn't know that was part of global. That's great

      January 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just placed an order for this book, can't wait for it to come in :)

    1 · January 21, 2014

  • Alisha B.

    this book sounds very interesting! I am hoping to actually make it to this one. :)

    1 · January 21, 2014

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