Dear Leader

Dear Leader

Poet, Spy, Escapee : A Look Inside North Korea

Book - 2014
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"In this rare insider's view into contemporary North Korea, a high-ranking counterintelligence agent describes his life as a former poet laureate to Kim Jong-il and his breathtaking escape to freedom. "The General will now enter the room." Everyone turns to stone. Not moving my head, I direct my eyes to a point halfway up the archway where Kim Jong-il's face will soon appear. As North Korea's State Poet Laureate, Jang Jin-sung led a charmed life. With food provisions (even as the country suffered through its great famine), a travel pass, access to strictly censored information, and audiences with Kim Jong-il himself, his life in Pyongyang seemed safe and secure. But this privileged existence was about to be shattered. When a strictly forbidden magazine he lent to a friend goes missing, Jang Jin-sung must flee for his life. Never before has a member of the elite described the inner workings of this totalitarian state and its propaganda machine. An astonishing expose; told through the heart-stopping story of Jang Jin-sung's escape to South Korea, Dear Leader is a rare and unprecedented insight into the world's most secretive and repressive regime"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : 37 Ink/Atria , ©2014.
Edition: First 37 Ink Atria books hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781476766553
147676655X
Characteristics: xxii, 339 pages :,illustration ;,24 cm.

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McBainF1
Apr 26, 2016

A very interesting read on North Korea and very well written. Defection from the inside of one the elite of North Korea, one who helped write and support the propaganda machine.

The recalled details from Jang are astonishing and gives you a real sense of being in the room with each scene.

I really felt for Jang and his friend during their escape as the storytelling style really draws you in.

My only question is to wonder where Jang would be now if his friend had not lost the book.

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1657florence
Mar 04, 2015

Thank You Mr Jang : This is the best book about the current situation in North Korea that I have read. What a brave man ! A must read, Dave @ Tswsn

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pianomarket
Sep 08, 2014

An educated escapee from North Korea tells his story. Parts of the account are so heart breaking that one has to stop reading and then pick it up later.

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