Aquariums of Pyongyang Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag
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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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Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 8/24/2005
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
|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|