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Dear Leader: Poet, Spy, Escapee - A Look inside North Korea (Unabridged)

by Jang Jin-Sung

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In this rare insider's view into contemporary North Korea, a high-ranking counterintelligence agent describes his life as a former poet laureate to Kim Jong-il and his breathtaking escape to freedom. "The General will now enter the room." Everyone turns to stone. Not moving my head, I direct my eyes to a point halfway up the archway where Kim Jong-il’s face will soon appear. 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 exposé told through the heart-stopping story of Jang Jin-sung's escape to South Korea, Dear Leader is a rare and unprecedented insight into the world’s most secretive and repressive regime.

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Fascinating

The insight that the author's experience as an insider in the party in the usually opaque DPRK is a revelation. Additionally the story of his journey from loyal devotee of the Kims to defector is harrowing and exciting reading.

Jang Jin-Sung, Dear Leader: Poet, Spy, Escapee - A Look inside North Korea (Unabridged)
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  • Narrator: Daniel York
  • Published: 2014

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