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Eating with the Enemy

Nonfiction: Memoir / Personal Memoirs / Political
Unabridged   12.5 hour(s)
Publication date: 10/25/2011

Eating with the Enemy

How I Waged Peace with North Korea from My BBQ Shack in Hackensack

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Audio CD ISBN:9781611745634
Digital Download ISBN:9781611745641


The extraordinary story of how a restless restaurant owner from a mobbed-up New Jersey town became an international diplomat to the world’s most isolated nation.

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Product Description

Robert Egan could have been a roofing contractor, like his father. Instead, he opened a barbecue restaurant. His interest in the search for Vietnam-era POWs led to an introduction to North Korean officials desperate to improve relations with the United States. So Egan turned his restaurant into Camp David, with pork ribs.

During tumultuous years that saw the death of Kim Il Sung, the rise of Kim Jong Il, the Bush “Axis of Evil,” and North Korea’s successful test of a nuclear weapon, Egan advised North Korea’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations, informed for the FBI, vexed the White House, and nearly rescued a captured U.S. Navy vessel. Based on true events, this fast-paced tale shows how far one citizen can go in working for peace.


“Narrator Traber Burns has a down-home style that sounds like he’s sitting on his porch telling us this unique personal story.”

“An enlightening, and precarious, experiment in the ways opposing cultures can merge and acquiesce.”
      —Kirkus Reviews

“A jaunty narrative of one man’s sometimes self-indulgent escapades in the face of government ambivalence.”
      —The New York Times

“In this engaging, off-the-wall memoir, Egan . . . demonstrates the power that individual friendships formed across ‘enemy’ lines can have.”
      —Library Journal

Author Bio

ROBERT EGAN has owned and run Cubby’s, a barbecue restaurant in Hackensack, New Jersey for the past twenty-five years. He has served as an “unofficial ambassador” for the government of North Korea and is the chairman of a trade group that has worked to improve ties between that country and the United States. His story has been profiled in Vanity Fair, The New Yorker and elsewhere.

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