I just finished "Nothing to Envy" by Barbara Demick. Easily one of the saddest books I have ever read. Demick manages to explain what life is like for many ordinary people trying to survive in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. The author also shows how the failed economic policies of Kim il-sung and Kim jong-il directly led to the death of tens of thousands of men, women and children. I can't imagine many other places on the planet where the people have it as bad as the people of North Korea.