Author(s): Travis Jeppesen
"An aura of uncertainty hovered over the streets of Pyongyang, where whispered gossip and rumor form the unofficial currency. There were other currents flowing through the air, of course-the omnipresent whiffs of paranoia and suspicion. But there was also a palpable sense of hopefulness, an optimism of the potential changes that the new young leader might bring. I hadn't expected to find such a colorful place. I certainly didn't expect to be received with as much warmth as I was ... Above all, North Koreans want you not only to feel welcome but to be impressed by their country, of which they are immensely proud. I knew better than to be seduced by it all, but I couldn't help being charmed. I knew about the nukes, I knew about the concentration camps, I knew about the systematic injustices perpetrated by the regime against the populace. But is that really all there is to it?" Book jacket.