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A Capitalist in North Korea: My Seven Years in the Hermit by Felix Abt

By Felix Abt

Business in North Korea: a paradoxical and engaging state of affairs is interpreted by means of a real insider.

In 2002, the Swiss-Swedish strength corporation ABB appointed Felix Abt its kingdom director for North Korea. The Swiss Entrepreneur lived and labored in North Korea for seven years, one of many few overseas businessmen there. After the event, Abt felt pressured to jot down A Capitalist in North Korea to explain the multifaceted society he encountered.

North Korea, on the time, used to be seriously sanctioned by means of the UN, which made it super tricky to do company. but, he found that it was once a spot the place cosmetic surgery and South Korean television dramas have been wildly renowned and the place he hardly had to stroll greater than a block to snatch a brief hamburger. He used to be heavily monitored, and as soon as confronted accusations of spying, but he discovered that younger North Koreans are hopeful - signing up for enterprise classes in anticipation of a brighter, extra open, destiny. In A Capitalist in North Korea, Abt stocks those and plenty of different strange evidence and insights approximately one of many world's so much secretive international locations.

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