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

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Macmillan, Oct 15, 2004 - History - 868 pages
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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User Review  - chaosmogony - LibraryThing

A very thorough, at times depressing, look into the North Korean regime from the very beginning. Worth a read if you're interested in that sort of thing. Read full review

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An interesting and enlightening book whose true effect was heavily clouded by a confusing lack of organization. The author bounces rapidly between history, personal interpretations of events ... Read full review

Contents

1 To the City of the GodKing
1
2 Fighters and Psalmists
11
3 On Long Marches Through Blizzards
29
4 Heaven and Earth the Wise Leader Tamed
47
5 IronWilled Brilliant Commander
69
6 With the Leader Who Unfolded Paradise
93
7 When He Hugged Us Still Damp from the Sea
120
8 Flowers of His Great Love Are Blooming
136
22 Logging In and Logging Out
402
23 Do You Remember That Time?
426
24 Pickled Plum in a Lunch Box
435
25 I Die You Die
447
26 Yen for the Motherland
461
27 Winds of Temptation May Blow
465
28 Sea of Fire
482
29 Without You There Is No Country
498

9 He Gave Us Water and Sent Us Machines
154
10 Lets Spread the Pollen of Love
186
11 Yura
203
12 Growing Pains
226
13 Take the Lead in World Conjuring
235
14 Eyes and Ears
262
15 From Generation to Generation
270
16 Our Earthly Paradise Free from Oppression
290
17 Two Women
305
18 Dazzling Ray of Guidance
317
19 A Story to Tell to the Nations
341
20 Wherever You Go in My Homeland
357
21 If Your Brain Is Properly Oiled
374
30 We Will Become Bullets and Bombs
512
31 Neither Land nor People at Peace
543
32 In a Ruined Country
551
33 Even the Traitors Who Live in Luxury
579
34 Though Alive Worse Than Gutter Dogs
592
35 Sun of the TwentyFirst Century
633
36 Fear and Loathing
656
37 Sing of Our Leaders Favors for Thousands of Years
683
Acknowledgments
707
Notes
715
Index
849
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As a journalist, Bradley K. Martin has covered Korea and other parts of Asia for a quarter century, including stints as bureau chief for The Baltimore Sun, The Asian Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Asia Times (for which he wrote a "Pyongyang Watch" column), and Asian Financial Intelligence. Since 1979, he has had four prolonged stays in North Korea and more direct access to the country than most any other American journalist. He is currently a journalist in residence at Louisiana State University.

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