Rogue Regime: Kim Jong Il and the Looming Threat of North Korea by Jasper Becker

Rogue Regime: Kim Jong Il and the Looming Threat of North Korea

byJasper Becker

Kobo ebook | May 1, 2005

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What happens when a dictator wins absolute power and isolates a nation from the outside world? In a nightmare of political theory stretched to madness and come to life, North Korea's Kim Jong Il made himself into a living god, surrounded by lies and flattery and beyond criticism. As over two million of his subjects starved to death, Kim Jong Il roamed between palaces staffed by beautiful girls and stocked with expensive international delicacies. Outside, the steel mills shut down, the trains stopped running, the power went out, and the hospitals ran out of medicine. When the population threatened to revolt, Kim imposed a reign of terror, deceived the United Nations, and plundered the country's dwindling resources to become a nuclear power. Now this tiny bankrupt nation is using her nuclear capability to blackmail the United States. Veteran correspondent Jasper Becker takes us inside one of the most secretive countries in the world, exposing the internal chaos, blind faith, rampant corruption, and terrifying cruelty of its rulers. Becker details the vain efforts to change North Korea by actors inside and outside the country and the dangers this highly volatile country continues to pose. This unique land, ruled by one family's megalomania and paranoia, seems destined to survive and linger on, a menace to its own people and to the rest of the world. But should the nations of the world allow this regime to survive? That's the question with which this book concludes.

Title:Rogue Regime: Kim Jong Il and the Looming Threat of North KoreaFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:May 1, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190290994

ISBN - 13:9780190290993

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Another interesting book about North Korea (3.5 stars) Got this book at the library and enjoyed it. Particularly liked the contrast between the awfulness in North Korea and how Kim Jong Il lived (he invited wrestlers there to entertain him). The discussion of the North Korean famine (and the efforts of Christians to rescue North Koreans is also interesting. However, the book is out of date as of this time. Still worth reading though.
Date published: 2017-01-29