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Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader : North Korea and the Kim Dynasty
by Bradley K. Martin

Overview - "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.  Read more...

 
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Overview
"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.
Bradley K. Martin has covered Korea and other parts of Asia as a journalist for more than a quarter century and has worked as bureau chief for "The Baltimore Sun," "The Asian Wall Street Journal," "Newsweek," and "Asia Times" (for which he wrote a "Pyongyang Watch" column). He has made five reporting trips to North Korea, a degree of access to the secretive country that few American journalists can match. He currently is based in Tokyo as a senior writer and Asia correspondent for "Bloomberg Marketing" magazine. This unprecedented study offers detailed portraits of North Korea's two ruthless and bizarrely Orwellian leaders, Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il: a father-son team of megalomaniacs. In so doing, "Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader" fully documents a culture, society, political structure, economic history, and national hierarchy--the seven-decade development of an entire country--that will fascinate and perhaps confound Western students and scholars.
To North Koreans, we find, 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 in North Korea are manufactured so that 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--during which he presents each child with a present, just like Santa.
The regime that the Kim Dynasty has built remains technically at war with the United States nearly fifty years after the armistice that halted actual fighting in the Korean War. This engrossing, well-researched, and complete history, the work of a widely respected journalist, draws on a great deal of source material that has only recently become available (some from archives in Moscow and Beijing), and thus brings us all the way up to the tensions behind today's headlines. Defectors say Kim Jong-Il now has--in addition to nuclear bombs--enough chemical weapons to wipe out the entire population of South Korea. Under the circumstances, Martin cautions, negotiation is far more promising than the highly risky alternative of forcible regime change. "As useful a set of insights into life in North Korea as can be found anywhere . . . Accumulates persuasive evidence about the indoctrination of children, the brutality of the gulags, and the persistent famine that began in the 1990s . . . Kim Jong Il] may be a brutal despot presiding over a corrupt regime, but Martin is convinced that serious negotiations are possible."--Warren I. Cohen, "Los Angeles Times Book Review" ""Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader" is, from all I have read, simply the best book ever written about North Korea. Relying largely on extensive interviews with defectors, Martin portrays North Korean life with a clarity that is stunning, and he captures the paradoxes in North Korean public opinion."--Nicholas D. Kristof, "The New York Review of Books"
"Successfully combines history, society, travel writing, and political analysis in a way that makes it totally readable . . . Must be the most comprehensive single-volume English language book ever written on North Korea . . . Overall, Bradley Martin has written a truly remarkable book, one that should be read by anyone even remotely interested in North Korea."--Yoel Sano, "Asia"" Times"
"Cracking the cocoon of secrecy and propaganda surrounding North Korea is not a job for the faint of heart. Yet somehow Martin, a former "Newsweek" bureau chief, has pulled it off, presenting a scrupulously detailed, intimate portrait of the Kims, the world's only communist dynasty. He deconstructs the mythologized biographies of the father-and-son leaders, taking us inside their family feuds, harems, and fortified villas."--Christian Caryl, "Newsweek"
"The most comprehensive and detailed look yet at the nation-sized theme park of Kim World is Bradley's "Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader." Mr. Martin paints a portrait of a national horror show demonstrating how ruthless, effective, and evil men can oppress their neighbors . . . it reads like a medieval court, the Ottoman sultanate, or imperial China . . . The book paints a vast can

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780312323226
  • ISBN-10: 0312323220
  • Publisher: Griffin
  • Publish Date: January 2006
  • Page Count: 876


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