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Dear Leader Poet Spy Escapee A Look Inside North Korea

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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 appearAs North This is an amazing book providing very intriguing insights into the life of the most bizarre and secretive regime in the world North Korea This regime being the only remaining time warped expression of a Stalinist state in its purest and most paradoxically form has always held a great fascination for me I never visited Real Socialism countries so I missed the historical boat now that none such states are left apart from North Korea I was very attracted to the idea of visiting North Korea against my wife's opinion but I must admit that after reading this book I have seriously reconsidered it The author of this book is one of the many defectors who escaped from this uniue country in the last several years with the difference that he being a very high ranked official of the regime did have access to the inner workings and secrets of this regime The picture depicted by the author is of a bizarre common sense defying regime presenting a mixture of Stalinist feudal Orwellian ultra national militaristic traits where everything is devoted to the personality cult of the Dear Leader a cult resembling in some parts to that of some extreme religious sects To be completely balanced it is difficult to critiue the legitimacy of some of the claims by the author who after all had a personal vested interest in presenting this regime in its worst possible light; however while there may well possibly be some exaggeration many of his claims have been independently confirmed and are also eually detailed by other defectors And if 50% of the facts narrated in this book are true then the North Korean regime appears pretty terrifying to me But the reasons why I so enjoyed this book are not just related to the morbid fascination I have for this regime the book is very well written a real page turner And I loved how the author has intertwined the description of the North Korean regime with his personal feelings experience and amazing travel to escape his country There are several moving moments and there is a sense of humanity and truthfulness that make this book a very enjoyable experience Highly recommended

Review ↠ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Õ Jang Jin-sung

Friend goes missing Jang Jin sung must flee for his lifeNever 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 regi Actual rating 35 starsI've read several nonfiction books purporting to explain life inside North Korea but only one other by an actual defector That book was Escape from Camp 14 One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West It was the story of Shin Dong hyuk as told to American journalist Blaine Harden who actually wrote the book My review of Escape from Camp 14 included these commentsAn interesting but curiously flat and skimpy retelling of a North Korean prison camp escapee's story Something is missing here I expected a dramatic compelling story And this one is necessarily full of holes because the escapee shares only the basic outline of his tale with the American journalist who tells it He never really opens up and my reaction is one of suspicion not of the journalist but of the escapee himself He says any other prisoner would have done what he did ratting out his mother and brother to prison guards and then watching their execution He says he felt nothing that he did what he was trained to do And yet he knows what he did was shameful and wrong because for months afterward he lied about it We are told that no one not one person ever has escaped from this particular prison camp Yet members of his own imprisoned family almost casually it seems planned an escape and his own escape and travel to China sounds suspiciously easy he lingered in the village next to the camp for several days and no one came looking for him? Give me a break These parts of his story ring falseThis defector's tale is different One it was written by the defector Jang Jin Sung himself Two the defector was an educated man a party cadre and a high level member of North Korea's leadership one of the admitted a man who had not only met the Dear Leader Kim Jong Il but who lived and worked under the Dear Leader's personal protection as his poet laureate In addition to his duties as state poet he worked in the only North Korean party agency with access to information from the outside world He was remarkably well placed a trusted inner circle functionary probably one of the most high value defectors ever to escape the regimeAnd three there was nothing suspiciously easy about Jang Jin Sung's escape I have always understood that North Korea has agents in the Chinese border region placed there to capture escapees and that China takes an active role in helping NK track them down What I didn't know was just how extensive the dragnet is between NK and China it is incredibly difficult for escapees to evade capture in the border regions and make it all the way to the South Korean embassy in Beijing and even there hundreds of miles from NK many are captured and turned back over to NK agents yet thousands of incredibly brave and determined escapees have made their way to freedomJang Jin Sung almost didn't He escaped along with a friend another member of the inner circle As soon as they crossed over the frozen Tumen river into China the North Korean government alerted Chinese authorities they were wanted for murder and they had to evade an intense manhunt They were able to get limited and begrudging help from a few ethnic Korean Chinese citizens but generally faced nothing but distrust and threats to turn them in Jang Jin Sung's friend was eventually cornered jumping off a cliff to his death to avoid capture Thirty seven days after crossing into China Jang Jin Sung finally was able to contact a South Korean journalist working in Beijing a man who immediately realized the value of what Jang Jin Sung knew and put him in touch with South Korean intelligence agents who were able to sneak him past Chinese guards into the embassy in BeijingThe escape evasion portion of the book is one cliff hanger after another guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat Eually riveting is what Jang Jin Sung reveals about the inner workings of NK's leadership how Kim Jong Il about to be passed over as Kim Il Sung's dynastic successor worked behind the scenes to elevate the party over the military creating the personality cult of Kim Il Sung while at the same time making the Great Leader a figurehead and himself the Dear Leader the actual ruler pulling all the strands from the center of the web He explains how Kim Jong Il's feckless mismanagement created the famine of the late 1990s; how NK's apparently self destructive strategies in dealing with the outside world and South Korea asking for aid while at the same time provoking military confrontations with the South Korean Navy were perceived by the leadership as the smart thing to do; how NK internal propaganda and almost all the articles about the outside world in the NK press are wholly written from scratch by anonymous men working for various NK propaganda agenciesWhat drove this well placed comfortable member of the inner circle to defect? A vacation visit to his home town at the height of the famine and the sudden realization that everything about North Korea was a lie Or so he says Yes I don't fully trust this defector either I have to assume he whitewashes his own actions both before and after his defection and that we're hearing only those parts of the story he wants us to hear One detail that sticks with me he had been living with his parents before his defection and although he iterates several examples of NK's official guilt by association policy wherein entire families are arrested and sent to prison camps for crimes committed by just one member of the family he never mentions the fate of his mother and father never speculates about what may have happened to them after his escapeThe contrast between what this defector says about how the government of North Korea works and the speculations offered by outsiders in those other nonfiction books I mentioned at the beginning of this review is a stark one Outsiders truly cannot understand how things really work in that benighted country What this guy says rings true Of course I don't know whether or not it is true but once he made it to Seoul he was debriefed for eight months and North Korea has openly said he's marked for assassination Those are to me persuasive arguments in his favorIf you're the least bit interested in North Korea this book needs to be on your reading list

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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 This book completely blew my mind Despite having to struggle with the names and acronyms I couldn't put it down This political autobiography of a poet brainwashed to use language only to serve the dictatorship is way a long way from my usual literary tree but this demands suspension of disbelief just as any fairy story might do It opens the closed and cruel institution of dictatorship leaving the uestion of whether humanity will ever get past crowd behaviours and primal fears which render us vulnerable again and again and again to madmen Think Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro or The Handmaid's Tale Brave New World or 1984 but for real I highly recommend it to anyone who likes to pry into the topic of powerful closed institutions like prisons religions or tyrannical states Alan Swain's Four-Way Keyboard System - Book III its great famine a travel pass access to strictly censored Behind Soviet Lines: Hitler’s Brandenburgers capture the Maikop Oilfields 1942 information and audiences with Kim Jong Volti nell'acqua il himself his life Jugaad Innovation in Pyongyang seemed safe and secure But this privileged existence was about to be shattered When a strictly forbidden magazine he lent to a This book completely blew my mind Despite having to struggle with the names and acronyms I couldn't put Un amore scandaloso it down This political autobiography of a poet brainwashed to use language only to serve the dictatorship Children of Nazis: The Sons and Daughters of Himmler, Göring, Höss, Mengele, and Others— Living with a Father's Monstrous Legacy is way a long way from my usual literary tree but this demands suspension of disbelief just as any fairy story might do It opens the closed and cruel Krautrocksampler institution of dictatorship leaving the uestion of whether humanity will ever get past crowd behaviours and primal fears which render us vulnerable again and again and again to madmen Think Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro or The Handmaid's Tale Brave New World or 1984 but for real I highly recommend ¡Qué presente impresentable! it to anyone who likes to pry Orione il cane pasticcione into the topic of powerful closed Socrates' Second Sailing: On Plato's Republic institutions like prisons religions or tyrannical states

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