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From terrifying missile tests, its unmissable Olympic cheering squad, and the war of words between President Trump and Kim Jong Un - not to mention stranger-than-fiction stories of purges and assassinations - news from North Korea has dominated global headlines. But what is life there actually like? 

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 reveals how the North Korean system actually functions and perpetuates itself in the day-to-day, beyond the propaganda-fueled ideology. 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.  

With unique personal insight and a rigorous historical grounding, Jeppesen goes beyond the cliches of "taboo tourism" and the "good versus evil" tenor of politicians and media reports. 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

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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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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.