The tale THEY could not HACK: during this infrequent insider’s view into modern North Korea, a high-ranking counterintelligence agent describes his existence as a former poet laureate to Kim Jong-il and his breathtaking get away to freedom.
“The normal will now input the room.”
Everyone turns to stone. no longer relocating my head, I direct my eyes to some degree midway up the archway the place Kim Jong-il’s face will quickly appear…
As North Korea’s nation Poet Laureate, Jang Jin-sung led a charmed existence. With foodstuff provisions (even because the kingdom suffered via its nice famine), a trip move, entry to strictly censored details, and audiences with Kim Jong-il himself, his lifestyles in Pyongyang appeared secure and safe. yet this privileged life was once approximately to be shattered. whilst a strictly forbidden journal he lent to a chum is going lacking, Jang Jin-sung needs to flee for his life.
Never ahead of has a member of the elite defined the interior workings of this totalitarian country and its propaganda computer. An outstanding exposé instructed in the course of the heart-stopping tale of Jang Jin-sung’s get away to South Korea, Dear Leader is a unprecedented and remarkable perception into the world’s so much secretive and repressive regime.
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Because the eldest son of Kim Il-sung and bearer of his father’s line, if there have been to be a hereditary move of strength in any respect, Kim Jong-il could were anticipated to obtain a few accountability or name, in response to Korean customized. yet twelve months prior to Kim Jong-il’s commencement, in 1963, Kim Il-sung married Kim Sung-ae, and this served to cement the exclusion of Kim Jong-il from the chance of management. because the Cultural Revolution received lower than means in China, within which time Mao’s spouse and primary woman, Jiang Qing, held nice sway, a parallel improvement happened in North Korea. Kim Sung-ae, as first woman, won substantial authority at the moment, with North Korea’s political elite lining up in the back of her as though she used to be a North Korean replicate of Jiang Qing. simply because Kim Sung-ae’s son Kim Pyong-il—and now not her stepson Kim Jong-il—was being ready for succession by way of Kim Il-sung’s affiliates, Kim Jong-il now came upon himself in a state of affairs the place his father’s supporters had became his political enemies. To at the present time, the mere point out of Kim Pyong-il’s function in occasions resulting in Kim Jong-il’s succession is still a blasphemously taboo topic in North Korea. even supposing North Korea states formally that Kim Jong-il all started his occupation within the Party’s association and tips division, this isn't the case. It’s a planned distortion to supply a becoming begin to the profession of the long run pricey chief. At this degree, with North Korea’s strength elite firmly in the back of Kim Sung-ae, and with even Kim Il-sung’s more youthful brother Kim Yong-ju pitted opposed to him, Kim Jong-il have been positioned good clear of the facilities of strength, relegated to a put up within the Propaganda and Agitation division. Kim Jong-il didn't convey indicators of turning opposed to his father at the moment. in truth, in his paintings within the PAD, he contributed to the cultification of Kim Il-sung and glorification of the anti-Japanese actions of his father’s guerrilla comrades. His actions have been so expansive per thirty days journal referred to as memories of the anti-Japanese opponents, demonstrated less than his course, got here to be regarded as obligatory studying national. Many statues of Kim Il-sung and anti-Japanese opponents seemed in this time too. eventually, Kim Jong-il’s early years within the PAD supplied him with a collection of an important cultural and ideological instruments that he may come to depend upon whilst he finally got here to rule via his dictatorship of the brain. Even through the tip of the Nineteen Sixties, Kim Il-sung had no longer but been verified as a godhead. on the finish of 1968, Minister of nationwide safeguard Kim Chang-bong tried an armed coup opposed to Kim Il-sung. In January 1969, after Kim Il-sung had formally purged Kim Chang-bong and his faction, he appointed common Choi Hyon in its place. In gratitude, Choi Hyun pledged loyalty to absolutely the rule of the very best chief. yet he was once a strict conservative who believed within the hereditary move of energy via an elder son, and it was once he who secured for Kim Jong-il a spot within the OGD via a closed occasion assembly in the summertime of 1969.