Dear Leader: My Escape from North Korea

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Simon and Schuster, May 13, 2014 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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THE STORY THEY COULDN'T HACK: In this international bestseller, a high-ranking counterintelligence agent describes his life as a former poet laureate to Kim Jong-il and his breathtaking escape to freedom.

As North Korea’s State Poet Laureate, Jang Jin-sung led a charmed life. With food provisions (even as the country suffered through its great famine), a travel pass, access to strictly censored information, and audiences with Kim Jong-il himself, his life in Pyongyang seemed safe and secure. But this privileged existence was about to be shattered. When a strictly forbidden magazine he lent to a friend goes missing, Jang Jin-sung must flee for his life.

Never before has a member of the elite described the inner workings of this totalitarian state and its propaganda machine. An astonishing exposÚ told through the heart-stopping story of Jang Jin-sung’s escape to South Korea, Dear Leader is an “impossibly dramatic story…one of the best depictions yet of North Korea’s nightmare” (Publishers Weekly).
 

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Contents

Psychological Warfare
3
In the Rifle Sight
84
1
95
From Yanji to Shenyang
205
A Fateful Meeting with Wang Chorin
224
Becoming a Piano Teacher
239
The Kim Jongil Strategy
252
Meeting Chorins Intended
266
A Murderous Regime
281
Long Live Freedom
293
Epilogue
309
Afterword
315
Glossary
323
73
329
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Jang Jin-sung is a former poet laureate for North Korean leader Kim Jong-il. Since leaving the country he has become a bestselling author and widely solicited commentator on North Korea. He has been awarded the Rex Warner Literary Prize and read his poetry at London’s Cultural Olympiad in 2012. He now lives in South Korea and is editor in chief of New Focus International, an authoritative website reporting on North Korea.

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