[Book Review] Less a book to curl up with and read than a research treatise to consult. As always, Noland and Haggard provide a solid work of North Korean scholarship useful for anyone studying or writing on the North.

Aside from the valuable quantitative data covering refugee/defector opinion, the conclusion is the most readable, least dense section.

Essentially, just reading the conclusion, and then consulting the rest of the study as needed, will make the book worthwhile and allow the most efficient investment of your time.