It may be the most mysterious and brutal place on Earth.
North Korea, the regime created following World War II, remains a totalitarian dictatorship controlled by one family holding nuclear weapons and hundreds of thousands of political prisoners locked away.
Never far from the headlines, North Korea’s future grew even more clouded with Kim Jong-un’s sudden rise last December following the death of his father.
Malnutrition across the country is the norm, while the cult of personality now focuses on a 29-year-old, Kim Jong-un, the youngest head of state in the world.
This month, Arlington Public Library presents two critically acclaimed authors who have recently pulled back some of the heavy veil that hangs over the “Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.”
PBS Frontline correspondent Blaine Harden discusses the story of Shin Dong-hyuk, the only person to escape North Korea after being born and bred inside one of its horrific slave labor camps. Escape from Camp 14 is currently on the New York Times bestseller list.
Arlington Public Library takes you inside North Korea this June to explore the volatility of a nation lost to time and fear.