The behind-the-scenes story of the rise and reign of the world's strangest and most elusive tyrant, Kim Jong Un, by the journalist with the best connections and insights into the bizarrely dangerous world of North Korea.
Since his birth in 1984, Kim Jong Un has been swaddled in myth and propaganda, from the plainly silly -- he could supposedly drive a car at the age of three -- to the grimly bloody stories of family members who perished at his command.
Anna Fifield reconstructs Kim's past and present with exclusive access to sources near him and brings her unique understanding to explain the dynastic mission of the Kim family in North Korea. The archaic notion of despotic family rule matches the almost medieval hardship the country has suffered under the Kims. Few people thought that a young, untested, unhealthy, Swiss-educated basketball fanatic could hold together a country that should have fallen apart years ago. But Kim Jong Un has not just survived, he has thrived, abetted by the approval of Donald Trump and diplomacy's weirdest bromance.
Skeptical yet insightful, Fifield creates a captivating portrait of the oddest and most secretive political regime in the world -- one that is isolated yet internationally relevant, bankrupt yet in possession of nuclear weapons -- and its ruler, the self-proclaimed Beloved and Respected Leader, Kim Jong Un.
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About the Author
Table of Contents
Author's Note xv
Map of Korean Peninsula xvi
Kim Family Tree xvii
Part 1 The Apprenticeship
1 The Beginning 11
2 Living with the Imperialists 32
3 Anonymous in Switzerland 46
4 Dictatorship 101 63
Part 2 The Consolidation
5 A Third Kim at the Helm 83
6 No More Belt Tightening 96
7 Better to Be Feared than Loved 112
8 Goodbye, Uncle 129
9 The Elites of Pyonghattan 142
10 Millennial and Modernity 157
11 Playing Ball with the "Jackals" 171
Part 3 The Confidence
12 Party Time 187
13 The Unwanted Brother 203
14 The Treasured Sword 223
15 The Charm Offensive 241
16 Talking with the 'Jackals" 258