Felix AbtNovember 1, 2012 00:20
Commentary: Most of what we hear about the Hermit Kingdom comes from defectors, but there's a lot more to the country.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un salutes as he watches a military parade to mark 100 years since the birth of the country's founder and his grandfather, Kim Il-Sung, in Pyongyang on April 15, 2012. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)
A peculiar strand of literature on North Korea has been published in recent years, with the authors drawing heavily on interviews with defectors. Sure, North Korea has been a horrific place with famine and prison camps, but these books reveal a single slice of North Korean society. And it's dangerous that they're taken so frequently at face value when they remain unverifiable.