Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader: North Korea and the Kim Dynasty

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Macmillan, Jan 10, 2006 - History - 876 pages
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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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So the new Pope recently went to South Korea and, with his haloed head turned towards the North, uttered a solemn prayer for peace and reconciliation. He was probably dreaming of something similar to ... Read full review

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I'm torn about this book; it's divided roughly into thirds, with one being very good, one being interesting but dry, and one being pretty boring and pointless. The first third is a biography of Kim Il ... Read full review

Contents

To the City of the GodKing
1
Fighters and Psalmists
11
On Long Marches Through Blizzards
29
Heaven and Earth the Wise Leader Tamed
47
IronWilled Brilliant Commander
69
With the Leader Who Unfolded Paradise
93
When He Hugged Us Still Damp from the Sea
120
Flowers of His Great Love Are Blooming
136
Do You Remember That Time?
426
Pickled Plum in a Lunch Box
435
Die You Die
447
Yen for the Motherland
461
Winds of Temptation May Blow
465
Sea of Fire
482
Without You There Is No Country
498
We Will Become Bullets and Bombs
512

He Gave Us Water and Sent Us Machines
154
Lets Spread the Pollen of Love
186
Yura
203
Growing Pains
226
Take the Lead in World Conjuring
235
K Calm and Shining Eyes
262
From Generation to Generation
270
Our Earthly Paradise Free from Oppression
290
Two Women
305
A Story to Tell to the Nations
341
Wherever You Go in My Homeland
357
If Your Brain Is Properly Oiled
374
Logging In and Logging Out
402
Neither Land nor People at Peace
543
In a Ruined Country
551
Even the Traitors Who Live in Luxury
579
Though Alive Worse Than Gutter Dogs
592
Sun of the TwentyFirst Century
633
Fear and Loathing
656
Sing of Our Leaders Favors for Thousands of Years
683
Pyongyang October 2005
707
Acknowledgments
713
Notes
721
Index
857
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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 has made five reporting trips to North Korea, a degree of access to the secretive country that few American journalists can match. He is currently based in Tokyo as a senior writer and Asia correspondent for Bloomberg Markets magazine.




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