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Product Details

  • Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 25, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1495283259
  • ISBN-13: 978-1495283253
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

MICHAEL MALICE is the subject of Harvey Pekar’s graphic novel, Ego & Hubris: the Michael Malice Story. He is also the co-author of several other books, including Made in America with UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes and I Want You to Shut the F#ck Up with comedian D.L. Hughley.
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It will make you laugh.
Matthew M. Frick
This book augments that information with much more historical background - and plenty of humor.
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The book is written like an autobiography.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By P. Vaihansky on February 10, 2014
Format: Paperback
I just finished the book earlier today. Having been born and raised in the USSR, I could actually relate quite to the bizarre universe the book draws you into. I grew up surrounded by propaganda - and by the reality of socialist/communist life - that was very similar to what' depicted in Dear Reader in style, if not in degree. So, my American friends, if you think that what you are reading about the NK society and the ways of the Juche idea is hyperbole, think again: it is probably all true, and perhaps the reality is even worse. Even though the book is obviously written in a tongue-in-cheek style, the tragic farce that is North Korea is visible. You will laugh at the insane clown of a dictator - and weep for millions of his subjects, if you have any heart at all. Get this book.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ben Deyo on February 12, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I've just finished Michael Malice's masterwork, Dear Reader, almost all of which I read in a single day-long sitting.

Lately, I've had less interest in reading than ever before. I read at most a book a month. Most books I pick up I find impossible to finish because they fail to hold my interest. With a stroke of his pen, Malice has rekindled my love of the printed word into a flame of passion, for which I gratefully call him, "Dear Lighter."

The book is profound and seductive; the reader is taught the meaning of the personality cult by being invited to one. Like Milton's Satan, Malice's Kim Jung Il is a dazzling hero whose only defect is his utter and absolute cruelty. To read his story is to be moved by the plight of the Korean people before and after the rise of North Korean communism. The appeal of Kim Il Sung as a national hero, and Jung Il as his worthy successor, become vividly real in the context of the 20th Century and the role of the United States in Asia.

As in Shirer's Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, we are charmed into admiration for the charismatic dictator so thoroughly that when his crimes are revealed we feel ourselves culpable. Don't read Dear Reader if you're looking for a political cartoon or a crude parody. Read it knowing that the uncomfortable truths you face may be about yourself.

The basest of human impulses is the desire to be ruled. Dear Reader exposes the true nature of power and corruption.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By E. Zitron on January 31, 2014
Format: Paperback
Disclosure: I read this book as an unedited manuscript before its full launch and got it for free.

Before this point I did not know anything about Michael Malice, and not much about North Korea other than the pop-culture nonsense of the world view of him as a crazy quirky dictator.

This book is created out of Malice's use of about 60~ different books *actually from North Korea* and hundreds of articles' worth of research actually from the DRPK, as well as stuff written by others who have gone there. He has actually been to the country and that's where he got the books.

The book is written like an autobiography. Some of it is adding dramatization to it and building as strong a timeline as you can build from brooks that were 'written' by Kim Jong Il himself, including ridiculous things that he claims to have happened. These may not be written by KJI himself. That's not clear to anyone.

Occasionally international events happen - the Axe Murder Incident, for one - as well as his father's actual revolution.

The style is chaotic and bombastic and uneasy to read at times, with little mentions to the horrific situation in North Korea (concentration camps, the caste system) that read as afterthoughts but spell much greater dangers to the country.

The ending, within the last 10 pages, is brutal, heartbreaking and emotionally draining.

I do not like to read these kings of books, and forced myself to, and I was glad I did.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jackie Danicki on March 3, 2014
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Yes, this book will make you laugh in the course of illustrating the horrors of life in North Korea. But the message is a serious, meaningful one, delivered in a thoroughly engaging and entertaining style. You won't be able to stop reading, or stop recommending it to your friends. Highly recommended to buy multiples as gifts.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin on March 26, 2014
Format: Paperback
I have been intensely fascinated with North Korea for years. I think that it is amazing that we look back at the horrors of World War II with such a, "...how did we let that come to be?" fascination, but most people don't realize the horrors that are going on every day in DPRK. I first was turned onto this book after reading a great article in Reason about the trip that inspired the book by Michael Malice. [...]

One of the best things about this book is that it draws in readers with the usual, "Kim Jong Il is a joke," premise, but does a wonderful job at showing just how awful the country's leadership was/is. If you aren't aware of the day to day insanity of North Korea, this book is an awesome way to learn the story in an entertaining but still terrifying way. Very well written and paced.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alex on February 11, 2014
Format: Paperback
I first heard about Michael Malice through a local radio talk show, Newstalk 620 in Vermont. It was very interesting to have him on the show and talk about his experience in the "Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea". Which is ironic because it is neither democratic or a republic. To find out more about Michael Malice, and have a few laughs at the expense of North Korea's government, check out his video on Youtube at Porcfest.

and buy the book, for goodness sake!
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