Kim Jong-il: North Korea's dear leader

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Wiley, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 200 pages
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Kim Jong-il has been the subject of intense interest and fear in recent months. He has been demonised as 'Dr Evil' for his nuclear programme which puts Korea on a collision course with the US. For this reason, the world has a stake in understanding this man and his little-known country. This account aims to tell the compelling story of Kim Jong-il and the country he leads, exploring the pressing question of how he manages to hold onto power in a country that is ravaged by famine and poverty. Unravelling the myths, mysteries, and fallacies that surround this small, desperate country, this fascinating story includes rare photos of Kim Jong-il and his brutal regime.

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Review: Kim Jong-Il: North Korea's Dear Leader

User Review  - Kelly - Goodreads

Mike Breen was writing about the Dear Leader and North Korea long before it became trendy. Few Westerners have had such access to Korea - north and south - as he has; still fewer can provide insight ... Read full review

Review: Kim Jong-Il: North Korea's Dear Leader

User Review  - Patrick Jung - Goodreads

The book begin with a rather condensed fact-spewing and number-churning chapters that was rather hard to stomach. And after that the story settled down to more stable reading. I thoroughly enjoyed ... Read full review


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About the author (2004)

Michael Breen is a writer and communications consultant based in Seoul. He first went to South Korea as a journalist. He covered both North and South Korea for several newspapers before giving up journalism to pursue a fascination with North Korea. He became a  management consultant advising companies on dealing with the communist state.