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Dear Leader: North Korea's senior propagandist exposes shocking truths behind the regime Hardcover – 8 May 2014

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Rider; 1st Edition edition (8 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846044197
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846044199
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 2.9 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 234,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A searing true story that takes the reader to some of the most frightening places on earth...utterly compelling...real lyricism...As an historical document, this is an enormously important book that deserves the widest possible readership. As a story of survival, it is an instant classic." (The Times)

"Extraordinary...exciting...A rare portrait of life and death in North Korea...This year a United Nations commission of enquiry found that the Kim regime has committed crimes against humanity. The commission warned China that its treatment of Koreans violated international law. It recommended that the case be tried by the International Criminal Court or a UN tribunal. One day that will happen, and this book will be part of the indictment." (Sunday Times)

"As one of the most prominent North Koreans in exile in South Korea, Jang Jin-sung is eminently placed to interpret North Korea...His memoirs change the way we look at the country...they offer a radically different explanation of who holds power in North Korea and the historical sequence of events leading up to this situation. As such they are an absolute must-read for those who wish to formulate a sensible action plan [for the country]." (Remco Breuker, Professor of Korean Studies, University of Leiden)

"A fascinating insider account… a testament to Mr Jang’s literary flair" (Economist)

"Harrowing...important and convincing...A major contribution to understanding what appears to be a nation impossible to understand" (Observer)

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A rare and extraordinary glimpse into the reality of life in North Korea, by a member of the powerful elite

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It's an engaging read, more so for the descriptions of life in the DPRK than for the description of the author's flight from the country. The problem is that the author was such a part of the DPRK "machine" that I didn't really develop sufficient sympathy for his attempt to escape. This isn't at all a comment on the man himself or what he's done since, but simply on the way things are presented in this particular narrative. But overall I'm glad I read it. It doesn't leave me a fan of North Korean poetry though.
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I really enjoyed this book and the number of times I thought the author had embellished events was limited to very few. The main focus is on the author's escape to freedom and my only desire would have been to have been told just a little more about the inner workings of North Korea that he experienced. But overall a fascinating read.
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Unputdownable account of life in North Korea and the cultification of the Kim dynasty and the machinery which supports it. Big Brother and Animal Farm have nothing on this regime. Appalling greed of the ruling cadre and Kim Jong il while his people starve and are terrified into submission. A must read.
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I'd already read several true accounts of the shocking regime and life in North Korea, but as well as being informative this was hard to put down at times. The story of escape from NK was really exciting and gripping. The only downside was that it contains quite a lot of extremely foul language. (Otherwise I'd have given 5 stars.)
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I was fascinated to discover the real reason history of North Korea, and how its leader became omnipotent through manipulation and brainwashed. The lengths North Korea go to to control their people, while submitting them to huge cruelty and poverty. I especially liked the way the way the book was written and the personal story of the writer fighting for what we all take for granted - freedom. It also made me realise we can't dismiss North Korea's leader as just a mad despot. The regime is highly dangerous to world peace.
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If, like me, you're a bit obsessed with North Korea you will love this book. The author is a normal, talented guy thrown into the upper echelons of North Korean elite where he immediately witnesses it's absurdity and lies. You follow his story from devout follower, complicit propaganda writer to incredulous disbeliever. Fascinating read
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Religious cults? How about country cults? One family's mindset over a people, with no concern for anything other than their own twisted goals.
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A very interesting and informative book about an area of the world I didn't know much about. He writes well, as long as you can cope with all the names seeming quite similar. Good background into the inner workings of the elite in North Korea.
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