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Without You There Is No Us

My Time With the Sons of North Korea’s Elite

By Suki Kim
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Without You There Is No Us: My Time With the Sons of North Korea’s Elite by Suki Kim

North Korea is a closed society into which very few people are able to peek. This book is the story of an American journalist who got into the country by posing as an English teacher. She recounts her astonishing experiences and paints a very human picture of the country that so few are privileged to see. The phrase “Without You There Is No Us” comes from a chilling patriotic hymn sung twice a day, every day by the author’s students, expressing their devotion to their Great Leader,  Kim Jong-il.

  • Anyone intrigued by this enigmatic country
  • Anyone interested in a first-hand account by a person who actually lived in North Korea
  • Anyone who wants to learn more about North Korea’s cruel and unusual treatment of its citizens

Suki Kim is a Korean-American journalist, writer and scholar. Her debut novel, The Interpreter, won the PEN Beyond Margins Award. To write this book, she lived in the Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea as an English teacher at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology.

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