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Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader: North Korea and the Kim…

by Bradley K. Martin

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A very thorough, at times depressing, look into the North Korean regime from the very beginning. Worth a read if you're interested in that sort of thing. ( )
  chaosmogony | Apr 27, 2013 |
An interesting and enlightening book whose true effect was heavily clouded by a confusing lack of organization. The author bounces rapidly between history, personal interpretations of events, recollections of his own travel to the country, and defector testimony. Each chapter is very loosely tied together around a single point, so sometimes it's hard to follow the argument. Making this worse is the fact that the chapter titles are useless for determining a chapter's contents.

It's something that's worth a second read through if only to pull all of the information from it. ( )
  cyafer | Mar 30, 2013 |
Most detailed book on N.K. that I have read. Chilling and powerful in its detail. ( )
  HadriantheBlind | Mar 29, 2013 |
A highly informative book that takes you on a journey of a long-term view of North Korea, its history, formation, leadership, state of economy, daily life and international relations. The author conducted multiple defector interviews that speak into each of these subjects.
  SeoulUSA | May 17, 2011 |
A few months ago, I reread 1984 and wondered whether such a society could survive. The answer is yes. Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il have done it. The personality cult is indeed a cult. It's like the whole nation is David Koresh's compound. We are not going to know the full truth about North Korean life until it falls, but until that happy day, Martin has set the standard for books about this crazy country. He has synthesized everything from the ghost-written memoirs of Kim Il-Sung to the testimony of former concentration camp prisoners to produce a definitive study that delves into everything from teenage gangs to the sex life of Kim Jong-Il to future prospects for North Korea. He reaches the depressing conclusion that Kim Jong-Il might indeed be the North Korean Gorbachev, which tells you a lot. Cinephiles will be interested in how Kim Jong-Il got his start in running North Korean film (and opera, too). ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312323220, Paperback)

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.

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"Subsisting on a diet short on food grains and long on lies, North Koreans have been indoctrinated from infancy to follow fanatically the despots Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il. Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader lifts North Korea's curtain of self-imposed isolation to offer in-depth portraits of its Orwellian leaders, taking readers inside a society that might seem to be from another planet." "This book is already being hailed as an Asian studies classic, rigorously researched and spellbinding in its storytelling. The chief U.S. envoy was photographed carrying his personal copy as he prepared to negotiate an end to Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program. Now revised and expanded for the paperback, Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader for many years to come will define a Spartan, stubbornly enigmatic society. Book jacket."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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