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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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I have a fascination with cults and totalitarianism, and this book goes into exhaustive detail regarding the Juche idea and the Kims. Absolutely worth a read by anyone interested in 20th century North Korean history. ( )
  picklefactory | Jan 16, 2018 |
Interesting topic, but poorly written in that it was full of mistakes (typos) & the format was long & tedious. I contemplated abandoning it a number of times! ( )
  expatstef | Feb 28, 2016 |
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 |
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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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"Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader offers in-depth portraits of North Korea's ruthless and bizarrely Orwellian leaders, Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il. Lifting Pyongyang's curtain of self-imposed isolation, this book takes readers inside a society that to a Westerner may appear to be from another planet. Subsisting on a diet short on grains and long on lies, North Koreans have been indoctrinated from infancy to follow unquestioningly a father-son team of despots." "To North Koreans, the Kims have been more than just leaders. As a youthful church organist Kim Il-sung learned the tricks that would elevate him, decades later, to deity status. The god-king's perks include a harem. When Kim Jong-il's concubines reach their early twenties, they retire and are given husbands who may not know about the women's pasts. Kim is reported to play the go-between role himself in arranging some of their marriages; whoever complains goes to prison." "This work of history and reportage takes advantage of source material that has only recently become available (some from archives in Moscow and Beijing) to bring the reader up to date on the tensions of today. The regime that the Kim dynasty built remains technically at war with the United States - and an "Axis of Evil" member - more than half a century after the Korean War armistice. Defectors say Kim Jong-il has, besides nuclear bombs, enough chemical weapons to wipe out the entire population of South Korea. Under the circumstances, the author cautions, negotiation is far more promising than the highly risky alternative of forcible regime change."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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