Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader: North Korea and the Kim Dynasty

Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader: North Korea and the Kim Dynasty

Bradley K. Martin

Language: English

Pages: 896

ISBN: 0312323220

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader offers in-depth portraits of North Korea's two ruthless and bizarrely Orwellian leaders, Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il. Lifting North Korea's curtain of self-imposed isolation, this book will take readers inside a society, that to a Westerner, will appear to be from another planet. Subsisting on a diet short on food grains and long on lies, North Koreans have been indoctrinated from birth to follow unquestioningly a father-son team of megalomaniacs.

To North Koreans, the Kims are more than just leaders. Kim Il-Sung is the country's leading novelist, philosopher, historian, educator, designer, literary critic, architect, general, farmer, and ping-pong trainer. Radios are made so they can only be tuned to the official state frequency. "Newspapers" are filled with endless columns of Kim speeches and propaganda. And instead of Christmas, North Koreans celebrate Kim's birthday--and he presents each child a present, just like Santa.

The regime that the Kim Dynasty has built remains technically at war with the United States nearly a half century after the armistice that halted actual fighting in the Korean War. This fascinating and complete history takes full advantage of a great deal of source material that has only recently become available (some from archives in Moscow and Beijing), and brings the reader up to the tensions of the current day. For as this book will explain, North Korea appears more and more to be the greatest threat among the Axis of Evil countries--with some defector testimony warning that Kim Jong-Il has enough chemical weapons to wipe out the entire population of South Korea.

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elements.” In a typically Korean Confucian behavior pattern that Karl Marx surely never envisioned as a component of communist rule, Kim Jong-il liked to ascribe merit to himself on account of his descent from the pure revolutionary line. And he insisted that others acknowledge his superiority in that regard. After all, Kim Il-sung had demonstrated his own purity by refusing to deviate even slightly from opposition to the Japanese colonialists. According to one account, the young man displayed

actually had shrunken each year since 1990 (including, by one estimate, a sickening drop of as much as 30 percent in 1992 alone).3 China reportedly had joined Russia in demanding hard-currency settlement, further fueling the alarming trend. Not surprisingly, Pyongyang appeared determined to squeeze every possible dollar or yen out of foreign visitors: A European businessman living in Pyongyang’s thirty-five-story Koryo Hotel said his daily room rate had doubled to $200 not long before our

Pyongyang that emphasized the need to develop an equalizer. The second thing Pyongyang learned reinforced the lesson: Despite all that the United States and its allies threw at him in 1991, Saddam Hussein nonetheless hung on to power, thumbing his nose at Washington and at international nuclear inspectors. There is another factor that must have figured in Pyongyang’s ferocious reaction to Team Spirit. Kim Jong-il would have recognized that elements in the North Korean military might use a future

War for the Liberation of the Fatherland of the Korean People [Pyongyang: Foreign Languages Publishing House, 1961], pp. 133–134, cited by Kiwon Chung, “The North Korean People’s Army and the Party,” in Scalapino, Korea Today, p. 117). 89. Hong Soon-il, “Refugee Village,” Korea Times, April 20, 1994. 90. “Despite the war-time destructiveness and psychological strains there ’were few signs of social malaise in North Korea at the end of the war. There appeared to be little murder, theft and

the basic account of events of January 21–23, including the Blue House raid and the capture of the Pueblo, see pt. 1, pp. 3–78. Reference to the Chesapeake is on p. 350. Armbrister covered the case as a journalist and interviewed a great many of the participants. Commander Bucher and his second in command also published, separately, their own memoirs. 30. Ibid., pp. 232–233. 31. Ibid., pp. 245–246, 381. 32. Ibid., p. 249. 33. New York Times, January 25, 1968, cited in Baldwin, “Patrolling the

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