North Korea

Glimpse inside one of the most secretive and oppressive countries in the modern world. Borrow a book about North Korea from the Lititz Public Library.

Not Forgotten : The True Story of My Imprisonment in North KoreaNot Forgotten: The True Story of My Imprisonment in North Korea by Kenneth Bae
After six years and eighteen successful guided tours into North Korea, the author was suddenly stopped, arrested and sentenced to fifteen years of hard labor.

The Invitation-Only Zone: The True Story of North Korea’s Abduction Project by Robert S. Boynton
Throughout the late 1970s and early 1980s, dozens of Japanese citizens were abducted by North Korean commandos who attempted to train them to spy on the state’s behalf.

Under the Same Sky: From Starvation in North Korea to Salvation in America by Joseph Kim
The Great Famine killed millions and left the author alone and begging on the streets until he was able to escape to China where a kind woman kept him hidden from authorities.

A Kim Jong-Il Production : The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress, and a Young Dictator's Rise to PowerA Kim Jong-Il Production: The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress and a Young Dictator’s Rise to Power by Paul Fischer
Before becoming dictator, Kim Jong-Il ran the Ministry for Propaganda and its film studios, ordering the kidnapping of South Korea’s most famous actress and her ex-husband, a renowned filmmaker.

The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot: The True Story of the Tyrant Who Created North Korea and the Young Lieutenant Who Stole His Way to Freedom by Blaine Harden
Just weeks after the Korean War ended in July 1953, a young fighter pilot took a Soviet MIiG-15 and delivered it to the Americans, inciting Kim Il Sung’s vengeance against thousands of civilians and providing the fact-based propaganda the Kim dynasty used to sell paranoia and hatred of the West.

In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom by Yeonmi Park
After her father was imprisoned for trading on the black-market, a risk he took to support his family, the author and her mother were smuggled across the border into China.

North Korea Undercover: Inside the World’s Most Secret State by John Sweeney
A journalist, who entered the country surreptitiously, reports on factories with no staff or electricity, hospitals with no patients, uniformed child soldiers and the eerily empty Demilitarized Sone.

Escape from Camp 14 : One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the WestEscape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West by Blaine Harden
Born inside Camp 14 in 1982, a young man became the first person to escape from one of five sprawling political prisons in the mountains of North Korea.

My Holiday in North Korea: The Funniest / Worst Place on Earth by Wendy S. Simmons
Through poignant, laugh-out-loud essays, the author chronicles her surreal ten-day vacation in North Korea.

A Thousand Miles to Freedom: My Escape from North Korea by Eunsun Kim
Following the starvation deaths of her father and grandparents, the author and her mother spent nine years attempting to reach South Korea, enduring homelessness, human traffickers and labor camps.

Without You, There is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea’s Elite by Suki Kim
In 2011, the author taught English to 270 sons of the ruling class at the all-male Pyongyang University of Science and Technology.

Dear Leader : Poet, Spy, Escapee - A Look Inside North KoreaDear Leader: Poet, Spy, Escape – A Look Inside North Korea by Jang Jin-sung
A high-ranking counterintelligence agent describes his life as a former poet laureate to Kim Jong-Il and his escape to freedom after a forbidden magazine he lent to a friend goes missing.

Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and the Other’s Fight to Bring Her Home by Laura Ling and Lisa Ling
While filming a documentary about defectors on the Chinese-North Korean border, Laura Ling was chased down, imprisoned and sentenced to twelve years of hard labor in a prison camp.

June 24, 2016