The tale THEY could not HACK: during this infrequent insider’s view into modern North Korea, a high-ranking counterintelligence agent describes his lifestyles as a former poet laureate to Kim Jong-il and his breathtaking break out to freedom.
“The basic will now input the room.”
Everyone turns to stone. no longer relocating my head, I direct my eyes to some extent midway up the archway the place Kim Jong-il’s face will quickly appear…
As North Korea’s kingdom Poet Laureate, Jang Jin-sung led a charmed existence. With meals provisions (even because the kingdom suffered via its nice famine), a commute move, entry to strictly censored details, and audiences with Kim Jong-il himself, his existence in Pyongyang appeared secure and safe. yet this privileged lifestyles used to be approximately to be shattered. while a strictly forbidden journal he lent to a pal is going lacking, Jang Jin-sung needs to flee for his life.
Never sooner than has a member of the elite defined the interior workings of this totalitarian country and its propaganda laptop. An outstanding exposé informed throughout the heart-stopping tale of Jang Jin-sung’s get away to South Korea, Dear Leader is a unprecedented and unparalleled perception into the world’s so much secretive and repressive regime.
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