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Publisher's Summary

A "close-up look at the cloistered country" (USA Today), See You Again in Pyongyang is American writer Travis Jeppesen's "probing" and "artful" (New York Times Book Review) chronicle of his travels in North Korea - an eye-opening portrait that goes behind the headlines about Trump and Kim, revealing North Koreans' "entrepreneurial spirit, and hidden love of foreign media, as well as their dreams and fears" (Los Angeles Times). 

In See You Again in Pyongyang, Travis Jeppesen, the first American to complete a university program in North Korea, culls from his experiences living, traveling, and studying in the country to create a multifaceted portrait of the country and its idiosyncratic capital city in the Kim Jong Un Era. Anchored by the experience of his five trips to North Korea and his interactions with citizens from all walks of life, Jeppesen takes listeners behind the propaganda, showing how the North Korean system actually works in daily life. He challenges the notion that Pyongyang is merely a "showcase capital" where everything is staged for the benefit of foreigners, as well as the idea that Pyongyangites are brainwashed robots. 

Jeppesen introduces listeners to an array of fascinating North Koreans, from government ministers with a side hustle in black market Western products to young people enamored with American pop culture. With unique personal insight and a rigorous historical grounding, Jeppesen goes beyond the media clichés, showing North Koreans in their full complexity. See You Again in Pyongyang is an essential addition to the literature about one of the world's most fascinating and mysterious places. 

©2018 Travis Jeppesen (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"[Jeppesen] knows how to talk about art, and he comes alive in his granular analyses of what he dubs 'Norkore' propaganda music and regime-approved 'Norkorealist' painting....He captures [North Koreans'] entrepreneurial spirit, and hidden love of foreign media, as well as their dreams and their fears....What makes See You Again in Pyongyang worth reading is the tension between the bold explorer and the impenetrable country, the feeling of frustration in the face of lies and exclusion and petrified resistance." (Los Angeles Times)

"A probing look...inside Kim Jong Un's North Korea...Striking...Jeppesen gives us a direct glimpse of North Korea's psychological techniques at work....Artful...An up-close and vivid account." (New York Times Book Review

"A moving memoir of the first American to study at a university in North Korea and an eye-opening clarification of the U.S.'s role in Korean history." (Ben Shields, Paris Review) 

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Brilliant

The timing of this book could not have been better if planned. I finished it just before the Singapore Summit began and thanks to the author’s insight and experiences in North Korea, I felt like I had a good understanding of its history and sense one could only glean from living in a suppressed society. Travis Jeppesen is one of the loveliest writers of our time and a true citizen of the world. I look forward to more books from this brilliant young author.

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A Philosopher Diarizes a Month in Chosun

Required reading for all Pyongyang-ologists. The events and people are thoughtfully displayed in human light which challenges popular media perceptions. A few short chapters about history can be supplemented by more academic writing but if you are interested in modern lives and day-to-day details from an American of all people, definitely worth it.

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Immersive

It was hard to stop listening to this book. As a person with good knowledge in North Korean politics and culture in general this book still contained a great deal of information new to me. Interesting stories and great narration makes this book in my opinion a must for all who want to understand North Korea better. Just loved it.

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interesting but not epic

You'll enjoy it if you're fascinated with North Korea. I would have rated it higher than 3 stars but it dragged at times when the story shifted to the author discussing academics and other topics not necessarily relating to the topic of North Korea.

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Interesting and enjoyable perspective

Really enjoyed this story and its narration. It offers a unique perspective and I recommend it to anyone else interested in North Korea.

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Really good book

I thought this book was a solid representation of North Korea, as much as I can tell. The author clearly wasn't biased entirely against the country like U.S. propaganda is but he had a fair assessment of the untruths present there. It was an enjoyable book to listen to. I might listen again someday in the future.

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a diffrent view

An interesting and balanced view of north Korea. At first I took the author as a north Korea apologist. As it went on he turns out to be quite balanced. A look a north Korea from a different angle than most books about it. Well worth a listen.

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Save me from the hippie millennials with a PhD

This guy hates the U.S. with one breath, he talks about the human rights issues in the DPRK, and then he blames it on the republicans. He recently earned his Ph.D. And it must have been in politics, economics, and foreign relations because he has no issue telling us his opinion. Get off your CNN podium and stick to what you know. He literally trashed everything “American”, and we can blame everything on George W. Bush... This could have been a great story if he had left his politics alone. He could have waited a bit to publish this so he could blame everything on Trump. He is also kind of pretentious- obviously impressed with his experience in the false and protected world of academia... I heard the word “banal” more in the first half of this book than o have heard in conversation in ten years.

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Great read

Very enjoyable read throughout. Alot of new insighs that I hadn't found in other great books about the DPRK.