December 05, 2023

Going undercover, revealing very little

Follow-up to BBC documentary adds little but mockery, self-aggrandizement

Book Review: Undercover in North Korea. Inside the World’s Most Secretive State, by John Sweeney, London, Bantam Press, 2013

One may wonder why John Sweeney wrote a book, and a somewhat lengthy one, on his brief experience in North Korea after the storm caused by BBC Panorama last year. In that episode, the British journalist Sweeney and a small TV troupe joined a group of students from the London School of Economics (LSE) for an undercover trip to the DPRK.