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Inside the Hermit Kingdom: The grim present and uncertain future of North Korea [Kindle Edition]

Peter Goodspeed
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Kim Jung-un has big shoes to fill.

His grandfather Kim Il-sung, the founder of North Korea, was so omnipotent that the constitution was amended after his death to keep the preserved corpse of the "Supreme Leader Eternal" nominally in power.

His father Kim Jong-il had 25 years to prepare to take over but his sudden death last December robbed the younger Kim of the chance to annoint himself with the dynastic myth of his forbearers. The sudden ascension of the young Kim has placed a new focus on North Korea with its nuclear capability and the world’s fifth largest military. Will Kim Jong-un resort to brute violence to assert his authority?

Peter Goodspeed, the National Post’s senior international affairs writer and a veteran of two tours of the ultra-secretive nation, takes you inside the hermit kingdom.

Product Details

  • File Size: 172 KB
  • Print Length: 100 pages
  • Publisher: National Post (June 5, 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00819SF04
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite good March 12, 2013
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North Korea has been an interest of mine for a while. I have read quite a lot about it. It is a tough study because it is so enclosed and shut away. Because I have read so much already this book did not really add to that. If I had read nothing before this book I would have appreciated it more. Definitely a good read for the NK neophyte.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not much new December 13, 2012
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I've read several book on N. Korea and while this one is feel-written it really did not tell me much that is new. I'd recommend it to someone who is interested in learning about N. Korea.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Inside the Hermit Kingdom January 29, 2014
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This book has some very interesting content. I am interested to learn more about North Korea and there were some tidbits that I was not aware of. I especially like hearing from those who have been in North Korea and have their stories to tell. This was a short book and much like news articles but I feel it is definitely worth the read. I would recommend it to anyone who shares my interest in this tragic nation.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Just a reprint of old news articles. January 19, 2014
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This is a reprint of several old new articles. They are not even edited to flow within the context of one another. Perhaps a couple years ago it was more relevant but in 2014 it is not. My guess is that that you could read a few wikipedia pages and listen to a couple news stories and get more information, or you could probably find most of these articles online anyway.
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5.0 out of 5 stars NO SURPRISES BUT STILL UNBELIEVABLE August 8, 2012
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