Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader: North Korea and the Kim Dynasty / Edition 1

Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader: North Korea and the Kim Dynasty / Edition 1

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by Bradley K. Martin
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0312323220

ISBN-13: 9780312323226

Pub. Date: 01/10/2006

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader offers in-depth portraits of North Korea's two ruthless and bizarrely Orwellian leaders, Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il. Lifting North Korea's curtain of self-imposed isolation, this book will take readers inside a society, that to a Westerner, will appear to be from another planet. Subsisting on a diet short on food

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Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader offers in-depth portraits of North Korea's two ruthless and bizarrely Orwellian leaders, Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il. Lifting North Korea's curtain of self-imposed isolation, this book will take readers inside a society, that to a Westerner, will appear to be from another planet. Subsisting on a diet short on food grains and long on lies, North Koreans have been indoctrinated from birth to follow unquestioningly a father-son team of megalomaniacs.

To North Koreans, the Kims are more than just leaders. Kim Il-Sung is the country's leading novelist, philosopher, historian, educator, designer, literary critic, architect, general, farmer, and ping-pong trainer. Radios are made so they can only be tuned to the official state frequency. "Newspapers" are filled with endless columns of Kim speeches and propaganda. And instead of Christmas, North Koreans celebrate Kim's birthday--and he presents each child a present, just like Santa.

The regime that the Kim Dynasty has built remains technically at war with the United States nearly a half century after the armistice that halted actual fighting in the Korean War. This fascinating and complete history takes full advantage of a great deal of source material that has only recently become available (some from archives in Moscow and Beijing), and brings the reader up to the tensions of the current day. For as this book will explain, North Korea appears more and more to be the greatest threat among the Axis of Evil countries--with some defector testimony warning that Kim Jong-Il has enough chemical weapons to wipe out the entire population of South Korea.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312323226
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
01/10/2006
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
896
Sales rank:
749,215
Product dimensions:
6.07(w) x 9.17(h) x 1.54(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
1To the City of the God-King1
2Fighters and Psalmists11
3On Long Marches Through Blizzards29
4Heaven and Earth the Wise Leader Tamed47
5Iron-Willed Brilliant Commander69
6With the Leader Who Unfolded Paradise93
7When He Hugged Us Still Damp from the Sea120
8Flowers of His Great Love Are Blooming136
9He Gave Us Water and Sent Us Machines154
10Let's Spread the Pollen of Love186
11Yura203
12Growing Pains226
13Take the Lead in World Conjuring235
14Eyes and Ears262
15From Generation to Generation270
16Our Earthly Paradise Free from Oppression290
17Two Women305
18Dazzling Ray of Guidance317
19A Story to Tell to the Nations341
20Wherever You Go in My Homeland357
21If Your Brain Is Properly Oiled374
22Logging In and Logging Out402
23Do You Remember That Time?426
24Pickled Plum in a Lunch Box435
25I Die, You Die447
26Yen for the Motherland461
27Winds of Temptation May Blow465
28Sea of Fire482
29Without You There Is No Country498
30We Will Become Bullets and Bombs512
31Neither Land nor People at Peace543
32In a Ruined Country551
33Even the Traitors Who Live in Luxury579
34Though Alive, Worse Than Gutter Dogs592
35Sun of the Twenty-First Century633
36Fear and Loathing656
37Sing of Our Leader's Favors for Thousands of Years683
Acknowledgments707
Notes715
Index849

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Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader: North Korea and the Kim Dynasty 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book about North Korea that discusses politics as well as human rights from it's independence to present. This book offers different views of this reclusive nation including accounts of actual defectors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A social history of North Korea, well-documented and well-written. Not dry, frequently appalling. The early history of Kim Il-Sung that begins the book appears a little tedious, but hang in there --- all that detail is there so the reader can watch the truth be slowly buried over the years. The value of different kinds of data are often weighed openly; chapters range from personal stories of or by refugees to external national analysis. Massive, compassionate, respectful, outraged.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As someone who's tried to study North Korea (tried being the operative word) this book encompasses all. From Kim Il Sung's humble beginnings, to the passing of his dictatorship to his son Kim Chong Il. The author makes great use of keeping an objectional point of view on stories relayed to him from defectors of North Korea, but never hesitates to poke holes in 'official' stories as propagated by the communist regime. I would highly recommend this book to anyone wish to peel back the layers of the onion known as North Korea.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A terrific book. If you want to learn about the secretive world of North Korea, this is the book to read. Very well written so despite it's volume, it reads quite easily. I learned more about life in North Korea than everything else I've read before combined.
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This book covers everything you want to know about A hidden society. And answers all your questions. Very good read.
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