I had read one of Mr. Lankov's books before and found it very interesting, not only because of his knowledge of North Korea but also the comparisons with his native Russia. This book is certainly interesting but why was it published so soon after the accession of Kim Jong -Un ? Events have certainly moved on since the early days of his rule. Nevertheless, still quite a lot of interesting material even then. There will doubtless be another book further down the line, which makes me just a little cynical about this one.