Nothing to Envy Book
Score: 4.5
From 102 Ratings

Nothing to Envy


  • Author : Barbara Demick
  • Publisher : Spiegel & Grau
  • Release Date : 2009-12-29
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9780385529617

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Nothing to Envy Book Description :

An eye-opening account of life inside North Korea—a closed world of increasing global importance—hailed as a “tour de force of meticulous reporting” (The New York Review of Books) NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST • NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST In this landmark addition to the literature of totalitarianism, award-winning journalist Barbara Demick follows the lives of six North Korean citizens over fifteen years—a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung, the rise to power of his son Kim Jong-il (the father of Kim Jong-un), and a devastating famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Demick brings to life what it means to be living under the most repressive regime today—an Orwellian world that is by choice not connected to the Internet, where displays of affection are punished, informants are rewarded, and an offhand remark can send a person to the gulag for life. She takes us deep inside the country, beyond the reach of government censors, and through meticulous and sensitive reporting we see her subjects fall in love, raise families, nurture ambitions, and struggle for survival. One by one, we witness their profound, life-altering disillusionment with the government and their realization that, rather than providing them with lives of abundance, their country has betrayed them. Praise for Nothing to Envy “Provocative . . . offers extensive evidence of the author’s deep knowledge of this country while keeping its sights firmly on individual stories and human details.”—The New York Times “Deeply moving . . . The personal stories are related with novelistic detail.”—The Wall Street Journal “A tour de force of meticulous reporting.”—The New York Review of Books “Excellent . . . humanizes a downtrodden, long-suffering people whose individual lives, hopes and dreams are so little known abroad.”—San Francisco Chronicle “The narrow boundaries of our knowledge have expanded radically with the publication of Not

Nothing to Envy Book
Score: 4.5
From 92 Ratings

Nothing to Envy


  • Author : Barbara Demick
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 2009
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 314
  • ISBN 10 : 0385523904

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Nothing to Envy Book Description :

Follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years, a chaotic period that saw the rise to power of Kim Jong Il and the devastation of a famine that killed one-fifth of the population, illustrating what it means to live under the most repressive totalitarian regime today.

Logavina Street Book
Score: 4
From 15 Ratings

Logavina Street


  • Author : Barbara Demick
  • Publisher : Andrews McMeel Pub
  • Release Date : 1996
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 182
  • ISBN 10 : 0836213262

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Logavina Street Book Description :

Introduces the war beleaguered, resourceful people and describes the day-to-day life on one street in Sarajevo during the summer of 1995, and includes an epilogue of recent developments.

Dear Leader Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

Dear Leader


  • Author : Jang Jin-sung
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2015-01-27
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476766560

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Dear Leader Book Description :

"In this rare insider's view into contemporary North Korea, a high-ranking counterintelligence agent describes his life as a former poet laureate to Kim Jong-il and his breathtaking escape to freedom. "The General will now enter the room." Everyone turns to stone. Not moving my head, I direct my eyes to a point halfway up the archway where Kim Jong-il's face will soon appear... As North Korea's State Poet Laureate, Jang Jin-sung led a charmed life. With food provisions (even as the country suffered through its great famine), a travel pass, access to strictly censored information, and audiences with Kim Jong-il himself, his life in Pyongyang seemed safe and secure. But this privileged existence was about to be shattered. When a strictly forbidden magazine he lent to a friend goes missing, Jang Jin-sung must flee for his life. Never before has a member of the elite described the inner workings of this totalitarian state and its propaganda machine. An astonishing expose; told through the heart-stopping story of Jang Jin-sung's escape to South Korea, Dear Leader is a rare and unprecedented insight into the world's most secretive and repressive regime"--

The Cleanest Race Book
Score: 4
From 6 Ratings

The Cleanest Race


  • Author : B.R. Myers
  • Publisher : Melville House
  • Release Date : 2011-02-01
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9781935554974

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The Cleanest Race Book Description :

Understanding North Korea through its propaganda What do the North Koreans really believe? How do they see themselves and the world around them? Here B.R. Myers, a North Korea analyst and a contributing editor of The Atlantic, presents the first full-length study of the North Korean worldview. Drawing on extensive research into the regime’s domestic propaganda, including films, romance novels and other artifacts of the personality cult, Myers analyzes each of the country’s official myths in turn—from the notion of Koreans’ unique moral purity, to the myth of an America quaking in terror of “the Iron General.” In a concise but groundbreaking historical section, Myers also traces the origins of this official culture back to the Japanese fascist thought in which North Korea’s first ideologues were schooled. What emerges is a regime completely unlike the West’s perception of it. This is neither a bastion of Stalinism nor a Confucian patriarchy, but a paranoid nationalist, “military-first” state on the far right of the ideological spectrum. Since popular support for the North Korean regime now derives almost exclusively from pride in North Korean military might, Pyongyang can neither be cajoled nor bullied into giving up its nuclear program. The implications for US foreign policy—which has hitherto treated North Korea as the last outpost of the Cold War—are as obvious as they are troubling. With North Korea now calling for a “blood reckoning” with the “Yankee jackals,” Myers’s unprecedented analysis could not be more timely. From the Hardcover edition.

Nothing to Envy Book
Score: 4.5
From 91 Ratings

Nothing to Envy


  • Author : Barbara Demick
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 2010
  • Genre: Korea (North)
  • Pages : 314
  • ISBN 10 : 0732286611

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Nothing to Envy Book Description :

North Korea, run by a mad dictator, is cut off from the rest of the world, unknown and unknowable. But North Korea is also a place where ordinary people live, dream and learn to survive. Demick draws a powerful portrait of a bizzare society and the very real lives it affects.

Envy Book

Envy


  • Author : Юрий Карлович Олеша
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 1988
  • Genre:
  • Pages : 174
  • ISBN 10 : NWU:35556019526755

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Envy Book Description :

The Hidden People of North Korea Book

The Hidden People of North Korea


  • Author : Ralph Hassig
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release Date : 2015-04-16
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 252
  • ISBN 10 : 9781442237193

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The Hidden People of North Korea Book Description :

This unique book, now fully updated, provides a comprehensive overview of all aspects of life in North Korea today. Drawing on decades of experience, noted experts Ralph Hassig and Kongdan Oh explore a world few outsiders can imagine. In vivid detail, the authors describe how the secretive and authoritarian government of Kim Jong-un shapes every aspect of its citizens' lives, how the command socialist economy has utterly failed, and how ordinary individuals struggle to survive through small-scale capitalism. Weighing the very limited individual rights allowed, the authors illustrate how the political class system and the legal system serve solely as tools of the regime. The key to understanding how the North Korean people live, the authors argue, is to realize that their only allowed role is to support Kim Jong-un, whose grandfather founded the country in the late 1940s. Still a cypher, Kim Jong-un, as did his father before him, controls his people by keeping them isolated and banning most foreigners. North Koreans remain hungry and oppressed, yet the outside world is slowly filtering in, and the book concludes by urging the United States to flood North Korea with information so that its people can make decisions based on truth rather than their dictator's ubiquitous propaganda.

Logavina Street Book
Score: 4
From 15 Ratings

Logavina Street


  • Author : Barbara Demick
  • Publisher : Random House Digital, Inc.
  • Release Date : 2012
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 232
  • ISBN 10 : 9780812982763

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Logavina Street Book Description :

Chronicles the Bosnian War and the horrific siege of Sarajevo as seen through the eyes of regular citizens living on Logavina Street, who struggled with hunger, poverty, sniper fire, and shellings.

Sugar in Milk Book

Sugar in Milk


  • Author : Thrity Umrigar
  • Publisher : Running Press Kids
  • Release Date : 2020-10-06
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 48
  • ISBN 10 : 9780762495214

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Sugar in Milk Book Description :

A timely and timeless picture book about immigration, refugees, acceptance, and tolerance from a bestselling author. STARRED KIRKUS REVIEW! When I first came to this country, I felt so alone. A young immigrant girl joins her aunt and uncle in a new country that is unfamiliar to her. She struggles with loneliness, with a fierce longing for the culture and familiarity of home, until one day, her aunt takes her on a walk. As the duo strolls through their city park, the girl's aunt begins to tell her an old myth, and a story within the story begins. A long time ago, a group of refugees arrived on a foreign shore. The local king met them, determined to refuse their request for refuge. But there was a language barrier, so the king filled a glass with milk and pointed to it as a way of saying that the land was full and couldn't accommodate the strangers. Then, the leader of the refugees dissolved sugar in the glass of milk. His message was clear: Like sugar in milk, our presence in your country will sweeten your lives. The king embraced the refugee, welcoming him and his people. The folktale depicted in this book was a part of author Thrity Umrigar's Zoroastrian upbringing as a Parsi child in India, but resonates for children of all backgrounds, especially those coming to a new homeland.

The Envy of the World Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

The Envy of the World


  • Author : Ellis Cose
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2002-02-01
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN 10 : 9780743436946

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The Envy of the World Book Description :

With an eloquence and compassion reminiscent of James Baldwin's Letter to My Nephew, Ellis Cose presents a frank and realistic examination of the daunting challenges facing black men in twenty-first-century America and offers a way out of the cycle of defeatism and despair that wreaks havoc on America's black communities. Black men have never had more opportunity for success than they do today. Yet, as Ellis Cose bluntly puts it, "We are watching the largest group of black males in history stumbling through life with a ball and chain wrapped around their legs. If brought together in one incorporated region, the population of black males behind bars would instantly become the twelfth largest urban area in America." Add to that the ravages of AIDS, murder, poverty, and illiteracy, the raging anger between many black men and women, and the widening gap separating the black elite from the so-called underclass, and you have a prescription for a paralyzing pessimism. But even as he acknowledges the systemic obstacles that confront black men of all social strata, Ellis Cose refuses to accept them as reasons for giving up or giving in. In powerful and stirring prose, Cose rails against the historical worldview that has categorized academic achievement as a source of shame instead of pride in many black communities; he also outlines steps black males can take to enhance their odds for success. With insightful anecdotes about a broad range of black men -- from Franklin Raines, the first black man to run a Fortune 500 company, to unlettered ex-prisoners -- Cose documents the amazing journey the black race has made, and contemplates the challenges ahead. Both a warning of the vast social tragedy that is wasted black potential and a vital call to arms that can enable black men to reclaim their destiny, The Envy of the World is an honest and important book for anyone concerned about the future of America.

Holy Envy Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

Holy Envy


  • Author : Barbara Brown Taylor
  • Publisher : Canterbury Press
  • Release Date : 2019-03-30
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9781786220790

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Holy Envy Book Description :

The renowned Christian preacher and New York Times bestselling author of An Altar in the World recounts her moving discoveries of finding the sacred in unexpected places while teaching world religions to undergraduates in Baptist-saturated rural Georgia, revealing how God delights in confounding our expectations. Christians are taught that God is everywhere--a tenet that is central to Barbara Brown Taylor's life and faith. In Holy Envy, she continues her spiritual journey, contemplating the myriad ways she encountered God while exploring other faiths with her students in the classroom, and on field trips to diverse places of worship. Both she and her students ponder how the knowledge and insights they have gained raise important questions about belief, and explore how different practices relate to their own faith. Inspired by this intellectual and spiritual quest, Barbara turns once again to the Bible for guidance, to see what secrets lay buried there. Throughout Holy Envy, Barbara weaves together stories from her classroom with reflections on how her own spiritual journey has been challenged and renewed by connecting with people of other traditions--and by meeting God in them. At the heart of her odyssey is her trust that it is God who pushes her beyond her comfortable boundaries and calls us to "disown" our privatised versions of the divine--a change that ultimately deepens her relationship with both the world and with God, and ours.

The Aquariums of Pyongyang Book
Score: 4
From 18 Ratings

The Aquariums of Pyongyang


  • Author : Chol-hwan Kang
  • Publisher : Basic Books
  • Release Date : 2005-08-24
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9780465004713

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The Aquariums of Pyongyang Book Description :

"Destined to become a classic" (Iris Chang, author of The Rape of Nanking), this harrowing memoir of life inside North Korea was the first account to emerge from the notoriously secretive country -- and it remains one of the most terrifying. Amid escalating nuclear tensions, Kim Jong-un and North Korea's other leaders have kept a tight grasp on their one-party state, 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. Sent to the notorious labor camp Yodok when he was nine years old, Kang observed frequent public executions and endured forced labor and near-starvation rations for ten years. In 1992, he escaped to South Korea, where he found God and now advocates for human rights in North Korea. Part horror story, part historical document, part memoir, part political tract, this book brings together unassailable firsthand experience, setting one young man's personal suffering in the wider context of modern history, giving eyewitness proof to the abuses perpetrated by the North Korean regime.

A River in Darkness Book

A River in Darkness


  • Author : Masaji Ishikawa
  • Publisher : AmazonCrossing
  • Release Date : 2020
  • Genre: Caste-based discrimination
  • Pages : 172
  • ISBN 10 : 1542047196

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A River in Darkness Book Description :

Previously published in Japan in 2000. Translated from Japanese by Risa Kobayashi and Martin Brown. First published in English by AmazonCrossing in 2017.

Bad News Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

Bad News


  • Author : Anjan Sundaram
  • Publisher : Random House Canada
  • Release Date : 2016-01-12
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780345814845

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Bad News Book Description :

Author of the acclaimed Stringer, praised by Jon Stewart as "a remarkable book about the lives of people in the Congo," Anjan Sundaram returns to Africa for a piercing look at Rwanda, a country still caught in political and social unrest years after the genocide that shocked the world. Bad News is the story of Anjan Sundaram's time teaching a class of journalists in Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda. The current Rwandan regime, which seized power after the genocide in 1994, is often held up as a beacon of progress and is the recipient of billions of dollars each year in aid from Western governments. Underpinning this shining vision of a modern orderly state, however, is a powerful climate of fear springing from the government's brutal treatment of any voice of dissent. "You cannot look and write," a policeman tells Sundaram as he takes notes at a political rally. As Sundaram's students are exiled, imprisoned, recruited as well-paid propagandists, and even shot, he tries frantically to preserve a last bastion of debate in a country where the testimony of the individual is crushed by the ways of thinking prescribed by Paul Kagame's dictatorial regime. A vivid portrait of a country at an extraordinary and dangerous place in its history, Bad News is a brilliant and urgent parable on the necessity of freedom of expression and what happens when that freedom is seized. From the Hardcover edition.

Only Beautiful  Please Book

Only Beautiful Please


  • Author : John Vivian Everard
  • Publisher : Asia Pacific Research Inst for
  • Release Date : 2012
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 1931368252

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Only Beautiful Please Book Description :

Coverage of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) all too often focuses solely on nuclear proliferation, military parades, and the personality cult around its leaders. As the British ambassador to North Korea, John Everard had the rare experience of living there from 2006, when the DPRK conducted its first nuclear test, to 2008, just before Kim Jong Il's stroke. While stationed in Pyongyang, Everard's travels around the DPRK provided him with numerous opportunities to meet and converse with North Koreans. Only Beautiful, Please goes beyond official North Korea to unveil the human dimension of life in that hermetic nation. Everard recounts his impressions of the country and its people, his interactions with them, and his observations on their way of life. He provides a picture as well of the life of foreigners in this closed society, considers how the DPRK evolved to its current state, and discusses the failure of current approaches to tackle the challenges that it throws up. The book is illustrated with striking and never-before-seen photographs taken by Everard during his stay in North Korea.

Bullshit Jobs Book
Score: 4
From 6 Ratings

Bullshit Jobs


  • Author : David Graeber
  • Publisher : Simon & Schuster
  • Release Date : 2019-05-07
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 9781501143335

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Bullshit Jobs Book Description :

From bestselling writer David Graeber—“a master of opening up thought and stimulating debate” (Slate)—a powerful argument against the rise of meaningless, unfulfilling jobs…and their consequences. Does your job make a meaningful contribution to the world? In the spring of 2013, David Graeber asked this question in a playful, provocative essay titled “On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs.” It went viral. After one million online views in seventeen different languages, people all over the world are still debating the answer. There are hordes of people—HR consultants, communication coordinators, telemarketing researchers, corporate lawyers—whose jobs are useless, and, tragically, they know it. These people are caught in bullshit jobs. Graeber explores one of society’s most vexing and deeply felt concerns, indicting among other villains a particular strain of finance capitalism that betrays ideals shared by thinkers ranging from Keynes to Lincoln. “Clever and charismatic” (The New Yorker), Bullshit Jobs gives individuals, corporations, and societies permission to undergo a shift in values, placing creative and caring work at the center of our culture. This book is for everyone who wants to turn their vocation back into an avocation and “a thought-provoking examination of our working lives” (Financial Times).

Envy Book
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

Envy


  • Author : Amanda Robson
  • Publisher : HarperCollins UK
  • Release Date : 2019-04-04
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN 10 : 9780008291884

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Envy Book Description :

She wants your life – and she’ll do anything to get it...

Life Without Envy Book

Life Without Envy


  • Author : Camille DeAngelis
  • Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin
  • Release Date : 2016-09-27
  • Genre: Self-Help
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781250099358

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Life Without Envy Book Description :

Life Without Envy by Camille DeAngelis is a game-changer for artists of all stripes: a practical guide for navigating the feelings of jealousy, frustration, and inadequacy we all experience to create a happy life regardless of how your career is (or isn’t) going. In these pages you'll find strategies for escaping the negative feedback loop you get stuck in whenever you compare yourself to your fellow artists. You'll begin to resolve your hunger for recognition, shifting your mindset from “proving yourself” to making a contribution and becoming part of a supportive creative community. Best of all, you'll come to understand that your worth—as an artist and a human being—has nothing to do with how your work is received in the wider world. Life Without Envy offers a blueprint for real and lasting contentment no matter what setback you’re weathering in your creative life.

Envy Book
Score: 4
From 20 Ratings

Envy


  • Author : Sandra Brown
  • Publisher : Grand Central Publishing
  • Release Date : 2013-08-27
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 576
  • ISBN 10 : 9781455546473

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Envy Book Description :

In this explosive thriller, a New York City-based book editor travels to a Southern island to meet a mysterious author -- but she's about to uncover the truth about a carefully concealed crime. Maris Matherly-Reed is a renowned New York book editor, the daughter of a publisher and the wife of bestselling author Noah Reed. It's not often that an unsolicited submission tantalizes her, but a new manuscript with blockbuster potential inspires her to search for the elusive author. On an obscure island off the Georgia coast, amid the ruins of an eerie cotton plantation, she finds Parker Evans, a man determined to conceal his identity as well as his past. Working with him chapter by chapter, Maris is riveted by his tale of two friends who charter a boat with a young woman for a night of revelry . . . an excursion from which only one person returns. As the story unfolds, Maris becomes convinced it is more than just fiction. Disturbed about her growing attraction to Parker and gripped by a chilling suspicion about his novel's characters, she searches for the hidden truth about a crime committed decades ago. Then someone close to her dies while an evil presence looms even closer: a man who will use anyone -- and anything -- to get what he wants . . .