The Real North Korea
The work has a total of six chapters.
Max Fisher of The Washington Post argued the book is best for people who have existing background knowledge of North Korea, and described it as "an excellent primer on the experts’ understanding of North Korea and a fascinating series of insights". Fisher criticised the book for having unnecessary words at times and a "less than electrifying" writing style.
Donghyun Woo wrote that the work is "one of the most informative and useful guidelines" for academic and non-academic viewers, although he criticised "simplistic characterizations and teleological narratives that will likely reinforce unproductive received perceptions".
- Woo, Donghyun (2019-08-31). "The Real North Korea: Life and Politics in the Failed Stalinist Utopia. By Andrei Lankov. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013. xv, 283 pp [ISBN 9780199964291]". International Journal of Korean History. 24 (2): 245–250. doi:10.22372/ijkh.2019.24.2.245.
- Fisher, Max (2013-05-31). "Book review: 'The Real North Korea' by Andrei Lankov". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2022-05-22.
- "The Real North Korea: Life and Politics in the Failed Stalinist Utopia". Publishers Weekly. 2013-01-28. Retrieved 2022-05-25.
- "THE REAL NORTH KOREA". Kirkus Reviews. 2013-01-21. Retrieved 2022-05-25.
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