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Dear Leader: Poet, Spy, Escapee -- A Look Inside North Korea

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Dear Leader: Poet, Spy, Escapee -- A Look Inside North Korea

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.

Dear Leader: Poet, Spy, Escapee -- A Look Inside North Korea
by Jang Jin-sung

  • Publication Date: May 13, 2014
  • Genres: Memoir, Nonfiction
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Atria / 37 Ink
  • ISBN-10: 147676655X
  • ISBN-13: 9781476766553