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Dear Leader Audiobook

Dear Leader

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Dear Leader contains astonishing new insights about North Korea which could only be revealed by someone working high up in the regime. It is also the gripping story of how a member of the inner circle of this enigmatic country became its most courageous, outspoken critic.

Jang Jin-sung held one of the most senior ranks in North Korea's propaganda machine, helping tighten the regime's grip over its people. Among his tasks were developing the founding myth of North Korea, posing undercover as a South Korean intellectual and writing epic poems in support of the dictator, Kim Jong-il.

Young and ambitious, his patriotic work secured him a bizarre audience with Kim Jong-il himself, thus granting him special status as one of the 'Admitted'. This meant special food provisions, a travel pass and immunity from prosecution and harm. He was privy to state secrets, including military and diplomatic policies, how the devastating 'Scrutiny' was effected, and the real position of one of the country's most powerful, elusive men, Im Tong-ok. Because he was praised by the Dear Leader himself, he had every reason to feel satisfied with his lot and safe.

Yet he could not ignore his conscience, or the disparity between his life and that of those he saw starving on the street. After breaking security rules, Jang Jin-sung, together with a close friend, was forced to flee for his life: away from lies and deceit, towards truth and freedom.

©2014 Jang Jin-Sung 2014. Translation copyright © Shirley Lee 2014. (P)2014 Random House Audiobooks

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    I have read and listened to hundreds of books and never felt compelled to review. This is by far the best book I have ever read. I couldnt stop listening. Please read it.

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    "Loved every moment."

    Thoroughly recommend it to anyone with an interest in North Korea or the story of the North Korean people. Some of the sections with in depth politics / bureaucratic explanations (lots of names!) are tough in audio but always summarised clearly at the beginning and end to help you!

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    "Couldn't put it down!"

    Beautifully written, I just couldnt put it down. I hope one day North Koreans get to see the outside world.

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    A must read for anybody interested in those countries that suffer under tyranny. Contains powerful insights into North Korea's reality coupled with a moving human story. A superb book.

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    "An amazing description of North Korean politics and life."

    This author is amazing. To escape from his high-ranking job for freedom, despite everything stacked against him he gives us a detailed view of North Korea that few people could give.
    This book is an excellent read for any one wanting to get some history about life inside North Korea, and what it's like at the top, as well as the lengths that any one wanting to get out have to go to.

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    "A very interesting insight"

    This is a fantastic insight into the workings of North Korea and the hardship faced by those who are not in positions of privilege, as well as the daily struggle, by those who are, to remain so.

    This unabridged version does go on a bit at times and some of the digressions are a little wearing, hence only four stars, but overall a great listen

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    Absolutely brilliant. A gripping story and fascinating, heart wrenching insight into north Korea and the struggles of defectors. Brilliantly written and read, I couldn't stop listening.

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    Mr. Peter W. Leeming kent 14/07/2016
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    Found myself becoming interested in North Korea. This book adds to my knowledge
    What a country

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