Author: Rüdiger Frank
Tiefe Einblicke in ein verstörendes Land Nordkorea ist das isolierteste Land der Erde. Wenige Nachrichten dringen aus dem vom Kim-Clan diktatorisch regierten Staat nach außen, und wenn, dann sind es meist Negativschlagzeilen: Nahrungsmittelknappheit, Menschenrechtsverletzungen, brutale Straflager, Atomwaffenversuche, Waffenhandel, Streit mit Südkorea. Die völlige ideologische Gleichschaltung wird von der Bevölkerung augenscheinlich klaglos hingenommen. Rüdiger Frank ist weltweit einer der wenigen Kenner Nordkoreas, seit vielen Jahren besucht er das Land regelmäßig. Er beschreibt die Machtstrukturen und die wirtschaftlichen Verhältnisse, das Geschichtsverständnis und den Alltag. Aus seiner langen Erfahrung berichtet er aber auch von den Veränderungen, die er in den letzten Jahren beobachten konnte, und versucht eine für uns unbegreifliche Gesellschaft ein wenig begreiflicher zu machen.
Author: Stephan Kieninger
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
This book examines the dynamic evolution of Western détente policies which sought to transform Europe and overcome its Cold War division through more communication and engagement. Kieninger challenges the traditional Cold War narrative that détente prolonged the division of Europe and precipitated America’s decline in the aftermath of the Vietnam War. Rather, he argues that policymakers in the U.S. Department of State and in Western Europe envisaged the stability enabled by détente as a precondition for change, as Communist regimes saw a sense of security as a prerequisite for opening up their societies to Western influence over time. Kieninger identifies the Helsinki Accords, Lyndon Johnson’s bridge building, and Willy Brandt’s Ostpolitik as efforts aimed at constructive changes in Eastern Europe through a multiplication of contacts, communication, and cooperation on all societal levels. This study also illuminates the longevity of America’s policy of peaceful change against the background of the nuclear stalemate and the military status quo.
In Order to Live
Author: Yeonmi Park, Maryanne Vollers
“I am most grateful for two things: that I was born in North Korea, and that I escaped from North Korea.” Yeonmi Park has told the harrowing story of her escape from North Korea as a child many times, but never before has she revealed the most intimate and devastating details of the repressive society she was raised in and the enormous price she paid to escape. Park’s family was loving and close-knit, but life in North Korea was brutal, practically medieval. Park would regularly go without food and was made to believe that, Kim Jong Il, the country’s dictator, could read her mind. After her father was imprisoned and tortured by the regime for trading on the black-market, a risk he took in order to provide for his wife and two young daughters, Yeonmi and her family were branded as criminals and forced to the cruel margins of North Korean society. With thirteen-year-old Park suffering from a botched appendectomy and weighing a mere sixty pounds, she and her mother were smuggled across the border into China. I wasn’t dreaming of freedom when I escaped from North Korea. I didn’t even know what it meant to be free. All I knew was that if my family stayed behind, we would probably die—from starvation, from disease, from the inhuman conditions of a prison labor camp. The hunger had become unbearable; I was willing to risk my life for the promise of a bowl of rice. But there was more to our journey than our own survival. My mother and I were searching for my older sister, Eunmi, who had left for China a few days earlier and had not been heard from since. Park knew the journey would be difficult, but could not have imagined the extent of the hardship to come. Those years in China cost Park her childhood, and nearly her life. By the time she and her mother made their way to South Korea two years later, her father was dead and her sister was still missing. Before now, only her mother knew what really happened between the time they crossed the Yalu river into China and when they followed the stars through the frigid Gobi Desert to freedom. As she writes, “I convinced myself that a lot of what I had experienced never happened. I taught myself to forget the rest.” In In Order to Live, Park shines a light not just into the darkest corners of life in North Korea, describing the deprivation and deception she endured and which millions of North Korean people continue to endure to this day, but also onto her own most painful and difficult memories. She tells with bravery and dignity for the first time the story of how she and her mother were betrayed and sold into sexual slavery in China and forced to suffer terrible psychological and physical hardship before they finally made their way to Seoul, South Korea—and to freedom. Still in her early twenties, Yeonmi Park has lived through experiences that few people of any age will ever know—and most people would never recover from. Park confronts her past with a startling resilience, refusing to be defeated or defined by the circumstances of her former life in North Korea and China. In spite of everything, she has never stopped being proud of where she is from, and never stopped striving for a better life. Indeed, today she is a human rights activist working determinedly to bring attention to the oppression taking place in her home country. Park’s testimony is rare, edifying, and terribly important, and the story she tells in In Order to Live is heartbreaking and unimaginable, but never without hope. Her voice is riveting and dignified. This is the human spirit at its most indomitable.
More than 180 tasty Indian recipes for classic dishes features easy-to-follow instructions, photographs of the finished products, and a special section on microwave cooking and vegetarian dishes.
Nothing to Envy
Author: Barbara Demick
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
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. Taking us into a landscape most of us have never before seen, award-winning journalist Barbara Demick brings to life what it means to be living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today—an Orwellian world that is by choice not connected to the Internet, in which radio and television dials are welded to the one government station, and where displays of affection are punished; a police state where informants are rewarded and where an offhand remark can send a person to the gulag for life. Demick takes us deep inside the country, beyond the reach of government censors. Through meticulous and sensitive reporting, we see her six subjects—average North Korean citizens—fall in love, raise families, nurture ambitions, and struggle for survival. One by one, we experience the moments when they realize that their government has betrayed them. Nothing to Envy is a groundbreaking addition to the literature of totalitarianism and an eye-opening look at a closed world that is of increasing global importance. From the Hardcover edition.
Author: Hazel Smith
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This is a historically founded, empirical study of social and economic transformation wrought by 'marketisation from below' in North Korea.
"This book presents a visual chronicle of the work by the artists and filmmakers of all eight Harry Potter films who made the magic real."--Front jacket flap.
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
The Accusation is a deeply moving and eye-opening work of fiction that paints a powerful portrait of life under the North Korean regime. Set during the period of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il's leadership, the seven stories that make up The Accusation give voice to people living under this most bizarre and horrifying of dictatorships. The characters of these compelling stories come from a wide variety of backgrounds, from a young mother living among the elite in Pyongyang whose son misbehaves during a political rally, to a former Communist war hero who is deeply disillusioned with the intrusion of the Party into everything he holds dear, to a husband and father who is denied a travel permit and sneaks onto a train in order to visit his critically ill mother. Written with deep emotion and writing talent, The Accusation is a vivid depiction of life in a closed-off one-party state, and also a hopeful testament to the humanity and rich internal life that persists even in such inhumane conditions.
Exo (EN) #1 : Darwin II
Author: Jerry Frissen, Philippe Scoffoni
Publisher: Humanoids Inc
A hard Sci-Fi series about the intersection of spatial exploration and earthy invasion. PUBLICATION IN 3 VOLUMES - COMPLETED WORK Near future. The NASA is confident it finally discovered an exoplanet likely to accommodate life. Located 4 light-years from earth, Darwin II creates a lot of questions and is scheduled for imminent exploration by a space probe. At the same very moment, an orbital space station is struck by a missile shot from the moon, killing several astronauts. Coincidence or conspiracy?
Author: James Salter
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Captain Cleve Connell has one goal when he arrives in Korea to fly the F-86 fighters--to chalk up enough kills to become an ace--but when his missions prove fruitless and he begins to lose faith in himself, Connell must reveal the depth of his courage and honor
Author: Rüdiger Frank, Patrick Köllner, Susan Pares
Korea 2012: Politics, Economy and Society contains concise overview articles covering domestic developments and the economy in both South and North Korea as well as inter-Korean relations and foreign relations of the two Koreas in 2011. A detailed chronology complements these articles.
Business in North Korea: a paradoxical and fascinating situation is interpreted by a true insider. In 2002, the Swiss power company ABB appointed Felix Abt its country director for North Korea. The Swiss Entrepreneur lived and worked in North Korea for seven years, one of the few foreign businessmen there. After the experience, Abt felt compelled to write A Capitalist in North Korea to describe the multifaceted society he encountered. North Korea, at the time, was heavily sanctioned by the UN which made it extremely difficult to do business. Yet he discovered that it was a place where plastic surgery and South Korean TV dramas were wildly popular and where he rarely needed to walk more than a block to grab a quick hamburger. He was closely monitored and once faced accusations of spying, yet he learned that young North Koreans are hopeful—signing up for business courses in anticipation of a brighter, more open, future. In A Capitalist in North Korea, Abt shares these and many other unusual facts and insights about one of the world's most secretive nations.
Author: Michael Breen
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Kim Jong-il: North Koreas Dear Leader is a fascinating tour through the tortured history of North Korea and the mind of Kim Jong-il. A must read for all those trying to understand what is happening in the hermit kingdom and what is now one of the most unstable places on earth. The potential for a miscalculation is breathtaking in its dangers to us all." Mike Moore, Former Director-General of WTO and former Prime Minister of New Zealand "In Kim Jong Il: North Korea's Dear Leader, Michael Breen provides what much of the world has been waiting for: an in-depth look at the dark and secret Korea of Kim Jong-Il. His insights are revelatory, sophisticated, and plainly communicated. A testament to its accuracy, I doubt the book will see the light of day inside North Korea." Dan Briody, Author of bestseller, The Iron Triangle: Inside the Secret World of the Carlyle Group "Michael Breen's portrait of Kim Jong-il is a compelling psychoanalysis of the world's last Stalinist dictator. The book explains how Kim manages to maintain an iron grip over his poverty-stricken country while holding the world's only superpower to ransom with weapons of mass destruction. In parts the book reads like a black comedy, so bizarre is the regime it describes. Breen combines his eye for farce with a keen sensitivity to the plight of North Korea's 22 million oppressed and starving people. But he makes clear it is too simplistic to dismiss Kim as an evil madman. Breen shows how North Korea is an accident of history, trapped in a Cold War time warp from which Kim is unable to escape. A lively and accessible read." Andrew Ward, Korea correspondent, Financial Times "One can be free to hate him but we must also learn more of the "Fat Bastard" for he is unlikely to disappear however we wish him to. Michael Breen has written an extremely timely, readable and well researched book to tell us who Kim Jong-il is and how best to deal with him." Tomohiko Taniguchi, Editor-at-Large, Nikkei Business Publications, Inc.
"The latest novel in the Bruno, Chief of Police series, featuring a mystery centered on the lore of the ancient Templars"--
Korea and East Asia
Author: Rüdiger Frank, John Swenson-Wright
This book critically addresses the potential of the liberal concept of collective security to provide a solution to conflict in East Asia, with a focus on the Korean peninsula.