While the book has some interesting facts, it is very biased. The author, John Feffer, seems to be very pro-North Korea and anti-American. Which then brings into doubt the validity of the few "interesting facts" that he provides...
The USA is not 100% fault free in it's dealings with North Korea, but the scope of this work is OBVIOUSLY one-sided.
Also, not all of the authors facts are correct, as when he says that the UN does not recognize the North Korean refugees entering China to be "political refugees"...page 163 "...not considered refugees by the United Nations..."
But there are many articles that state the TRUE position of the United Nations, one is listed below:
Asia Times, "The tortuous North Korean refugee triangle" dated 22 Sept 2004 says..."Beijing is concerned that any actions it takes to assist the fleeing North Koreans, such as establishing refugee camps or providing formal UN designation as "political refugees", would provoke a torrent of additional refugees, offend its North Korean ally, and perhaps undermine the stability of the Pyongyang regime."
He even accuses the USA for being the cause of North Korea's illegal activities such as drug trafficking, counterfeiting and trafficking in women.
You will love this book if...
1) You hate G.W. Bush
2) You think North Korea is a country only trying to do good and get along with others, but the USA is "keeping them down"
The book is good if you want to see "other people's view points" and hear "their side" of the story, but if you want JUST facts without someone's biased opinions, try a different book.