Aquariums of Pyongyang Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag

ISBN-10: 0465011047

ISBN-13: 9780465011049

Edition: N/A

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Description: When President George W. Bush sought to understand the grim realities of human rights abuses in North Korea, he and his closest advisers turned to Kang Chol-hwan's harrowing memoir of growing up in a North Korean concentration camp. When he was nine years old, the author-along with members of his family-was sent to the notorious labor camp Yodok, where for ten years he observed frequent public executions and endured forced labor and near-starvation rations. He eventually escaped to South Korea and now, working as a journalist, gives testimony to the atrocities endured by an estimated two hundred thousand North Korean citizens who are still detained in the gulags. Part horror story, part memoir, part political tract, this story of one man's extraordinary personal suffering offers eyewitness proof of the shocking and ongoing abuses perpetrated by the North Korean regime. In a new preface, the author reflects on human rights violations under Kim Jong-il and the ongoing nuclear crisis in North Korea, as well his historic meeting with George W. Bush in the Oval Office in June 2005. Book jacket.

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List price: $16.99
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 8/24/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Preface for the Revised Edition
Introduction: North Korea-the World's Last Stalinist Regime
A Happy Childhood in Pyongyang
Money and the Revolution Can Get Along
Next Year in Pyongyang!
In a Concentration Camp at the Age of Nine
Work Group Number 10
The Wild Boar: A Teacher Armed and Ready to Strike
Death of a Black Champion
Corn, Roaches, and Snake Brandy
Death at Yodok
The Much-Coveted Rabbits
Madness Stalks the Prisoners
Biweekly Criticism and Self-criticism
Public Executions and Postmortem Stonings
Love at Yodok
Sojourn in the Mountain
Ten Years in the Camp: Thank You, Kim Il-sung!
The North Korean Paradise
The Camp Threatens Again
Escape to China
Small-Time Prostitution and Big-Time Smuggling in Dalian
Arrival in South Korea
Adapting to a Capitalist World
Epilogue: Pursuing Aid for North Korea
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