By Barbara Demick, Spiegel and Grua ( Random House) , 2010. 297 pp., Notes.
An excellent depiction of the absolutely horrible situation in North Korea under Kim Jung-il. Mass starvation, complete infrastructure collapse, alienated populace full of fear of each other and the iron heel of that state apparatus. Truly unbelievable. Told through the stories of a few survivors who fled to South Korea and put into a broader historical/political context. This is a highly informative and interesting book.