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Becoming Kim Jong Un

Understanding North Korea's Young Dictator

Jung H. Pak



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One World
01 April 2021
'The young dictator comes under close scrutiny in this intelligent account' Sunday Times The mysterious, brutal, and calculating Kim Jong Un has risen to become the unchallenged dictator of a nuclear rogue state. He now possesses weaponry capable of threatening America and its allies, and his actions have already significantly changed global politics. It's believed that Kim Jong Un is in his thirties, only a few years into what will likely be decades of leadership. He is in the news almost every day, and yet we still know almost nothing about him and how he became the supreme leader of the hermit kingdom.

Former CIA analyst and North Korea expert Jung H. Pak reveals the explosive story of Kim Jong Il's third son: the spoilt and impetuous child, the mediocre student, the ruthless murderer, the shrewd grand strategist.
By:   Jung H. Pak
Imprint:   One World
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 29mm
ISBN:   9781786077165
ISBN 10:   1786077167
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   01 April 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jung H. Pak was a senior analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency and America's Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Korea. She is now Senior Fellow and SK-Korea Foundation Chair in Korea Studies at the Brookings Institution, a prominent think tank in Washington DC.

Reviews for Becoming Kim Jong Un: Understanding North Korea's Young Dictator

'How did a lazy, basketball-loving kid become the world's shrewdest tyrant by the age of twenty-six? Jung H. Pak's brilliant analysis strips away Kim's cult, bluster, and caricature to reveal a mind that is quite chillingly rational, with a rat-like cunning for out-smarting his enemies, be they close family members or nuclear-armed states. Easily the most insightful portrait of the man behind the propaganda.' -- D. B. John, author of Star of the North

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