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Kim Jong-Il, Revised and Updated: Kim Jong-il: North Koreas Dear Leader, Revised and Updated Edition

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PRAISE FOR KIM JONG-IL: NORTH KOREA'S DEAR LEADER WHO HE IS, WHAT HE WANTS, WHAT TO DO ABOUT HIM

"Kim Jong-Il: North Korea's Dear Leader is a fascinating tour through the tortured history of North Korea and the mind of Kim Jong-il. A must-read for all those trying to understand what is happening in the hermit kingdom and what is now one of the most unstable places on earth. The potential for a miscalculation is breathtaking in its dangers to us all." Mike Moore former Director-General of WTO and former Prime ...

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Overview

PRAISE FOR KIM JONG-IL: NORTH KOREA'S DEAR LEADER WHO HE IS, WHAT HE WANTS, WHAT TO DO ABOUT HIM

"Kim Jong-Il: North Korea's Dear Leader is a fascinating tour through the tortured history of North Korea and the mind of Kim Jong-il. A must-read for all those trying to understand what is happening in the hermit kingdom and what is now one of the most unstable places on earth. The potential for a miscalculation is breathtaking in its dangers to us all." Mike Moore former Director-General of WTO and former Prime Minister of New Zealand

"In Kim Jong-Il: North Korea's Dear Leader, Michael Breen provides what much of the world has been waiting for: an in-depth look at the dark and secret Korea of Kim Jong-il. His insights are revelatory, sophisticated, and plainly communicated. A testament to its accuracy, I doubt the book will see the light of day inside North Korea."Dan Briody author of the bestseller The Iron Triangle: Inside the Secret World of the Carlyle Group

"Michael Breen's portrait of Kim Jong-il is a compelling psychoanalysis of the world's last Stalinist dictator. The book explains how Kim manages to maintain an iron grip over his poverty-stricken country while holding the world's only superpower to ransom with weapons of mass destruction. In parts the book reads like a black comedy, so bizarre is the regime it describes. Breen combines his eye for farce with a keen sensitivity to the plight of North Korea's 23 million oppressed and starving people. But he makes it clear that it is too simplistic to dismiss Kim as an evil madman. Breen shows how North Korea is an accident of history, trapped in a Cold War time warp from which Kim is unable to escape. A lively and accessible read."Andrew Ward Korea correspondent, Financial Times

"One can be free to hate him, but we must also learn more of the 'Fat Bastard' for he is unlikely to disappear however much we wish him to. Michael Breen has written an extremely timely, readable, and well-researched book to tell us who Kim Jong-il is and how best to deal with him." Tomohiko Taniguchi Editor-at-Large, Nikkei Business Publications, Inc.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118153772
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/1/2012
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 454,088
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

MICHAEL BREEN lives in Seoul and is one of the best-known commentators on Korean issues. He arrived in South Korea in 1982 as a journalist, covering both North and South Korea for several newspapers before giving up journalism to become a management consultant advising companies dealing with the communist state. His business now focuses on South Korea although he continues to write columns and commentaries on both countries. He is the author of The Koreans: Who They Are, What They Want, Where Their Future Lies.

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Table of Contents

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xvii

Chapter 1 Dark Country 1

Pool of Darkness 4

Who Is Charlie Chaplin? 7

Teaching Journalists 9

Chapter 2 Two States 15

Kim Il-sung and the Division of Korea 19

The Cold War 23

Chapter 3 Going Nuclear 29

North Korean Aggression in 2010 31

Weapons of Mass Destruction 34

Anti-Americanism in South Korea 37

Chapter 4 Dear Boy 41

Childhood and War 44

Teaching the Teachers 50

Chapter 5 Dear Successor 55

How Kim Jong-il Was Chosen 57

Dear Leader and His Loves 62

Chapter 6 Portrait of the Artist 67

Limiting the Joy 69

Kim Turns to Kidnapping 72

Chapter 7 Is Jong-il Evil? 77

Kim the Micromanager 79

The Temper and the Humor 84

How His People See Him 87

The Malignant Narcissist Theory 89

Chapter 8 Country of the Lie 93

The Secret to North Korean Communism 95

Race-Based Nationalism 99

Trouble with the Truth 101

The Control on Information 103

Chapter 9 The Gulag 107

The Gulag 109

The Story of Lee Soon-ok 110

Kang Chol-hwan: Child of the Camps 116

Chapter 10 The One Fat Man 121

A Journey through Russia 123

The Struggle for Food 124

Escaping to China 127

Chapter 11 Submerging Market 131

Looking in Vain for Signs of Change 134

Tourists from South Korea 136

Business Zones for China and South Korea 137

Chapter 12 Follow the Money 141

Chapter 13 Collision Course 145

Notes 151

Korean Names 163

Recommended Reading 167

About the Author 173

Index 175

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