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North Korea is today one of the last bastions of hard-line Communism. Its leaders have kept a tight grasp on their one-party regime, quashing any nascent opposition movements and sending all suspected dissidents to its brutal concentration camps for "re-education." Kang Chol-hwan is the first survivor of one of these camps to escape and tell his story to the world, documenting the extreme conditions in these gulags and providing a personal insight into life in North Korea. Part horror story, part historical document, part memoir, part political tract, this record of one man's suffering gives eyewitness proof to an ongoing sorrowful chapter of modern history. New edition with a new preface by the author.

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August 25th, 2015
If you ever hear a teenager saying that he heard about communism at school and it sounds awesome, immediately give them this book. It's a heartbreaking, horrifying, and often disgusting tale about the systematic human rights abuses that one of the last modern relics of communism is built on.
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Incredible read
January 25th, 2015
Nothing To Envy will educate ans surprise you about the trials of life for people in North Korea. The book is written by an American journalist who spends time in Norht Korea and interviews and writes the stories of defectors lives. Most of the 'stories' come from those living through the great famine of the 90's and how they could trust no one but their own family. I would highly recommend reading Notheing To Envy.
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February 25th, 2014
Very scary to read. There is so little information available about North Korea & it's heartbreaking to hear of the terrible things that go on there. This North Korean does a great job enlightening the world to the terrible atrocities that go on in that country.
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January 25th, 2014
This book is a fascinating and unique first hand account of life inside the "hermit kingdom" of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea. Chol-Hwan Kang vividly describes his and his families journey from a prosperous early life to a harrowing and tragic ten year period of imprisonment in the infamous Yudok forced labour and re-education camp. At times brutal and confronting, this ultimately inspiring story of survival is an invaluable eyewitness insight into the oppression and horror of present day North Korea.
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