Under different circumstances, North Korea could be the subject of a Marx Brothers satire, with the elements of a pompous, ego-driven patriarch, a worshipful population, and a general aura of fantasy and illusion. But North Korea has a superbly equipped million-man army and an expanding nuclear weapons program. So this comprehensive examination of this totalitarian society and the two men who have dominated it is often terrifying. For a quarter century, Martin has covered North Korea while working for the Baltimore Sun, the Asian Wall Street Journal, and Newsweek. Using newly available material from Russian and Chinese sources, Martin offers surprising insights into the career and character of both Kim Il-Sung and his son, Kim Jong-Il. He strives, albeit with moderate success, to unveil the reality from the mounds of myth and distortions with which both men have surrounded themselves. But Martin's account is most chilling in his descriptions of contemporary North Korean society. And yet, as Martin eloquently illustrates in this important book, the control of the Kim dynasty may well be tenuous. Jay Freeman
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader is, from all I have read, simply the best book ever written about North Korea. Relying largely on extensive interviews with defectors, Martin portrays North Korean life with a clarity that is stunning, and he captures the paradoxes in North Korean public opinion. (Nicholas D. Kristof, The New York Review of Books)
Martin's massive book provides as useful a set of insights into life in North Korea as can be found anywhere. (L.A. Times Review)
As an AP correspondent covering South Korea in the 1970s, I learned quickly how difficult it was to discover any reliable information about that secretive, threatening regime to the north. Brad Martin's book is testimony to the thoroughness of his work, and the high level of his ability as a journalist and researcher.
North Korea is one of the least known, least understood countries in the world. Its leaders have always been enigmas, both frightening and fascinating, but almost impossible to decipher. Again today, it becomes vitally important that we do both, yet there is almost nothing of importance being written about the subject. Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader is important, as well as fascinating. The research is impeccable, the writing excellent. This is a major and timely contribution, and essential to anyone who hopes to deal sensibly with a vital region of the world.(Terry Anderson, former AP correspondent and author of Den of Lions)
Insights too the dysfunctional family that is North Korea headed by a great leader father figure. This book reveals the contradictions and just plain bat-dung crazy stuff that... Read morePublished 11 days ago by THE AUTISTIC WEREWOLF
Having been a child during the Korean War and Never learning very much about it from my history classes I read this book to try to find some reason behind Korea's stance in modern... Read morePublished 5 months ago by maryellen
INteresting, engaging, could take a bit to get into- this is a book that you can skip around in but you will
want to go back and read it all- covers this bizarre country's... Read more
Gradually becoming somewhat out of date as the Kim Jong Eun regime reshapes the North Korean leadership, but still one of the best overviews of the North Korean regime and its... Read morePublished 6 months ago by "Fats" Yamaguchi
A fascinating and in-depth examination of the Kim dynasty and its history. This book took a while to work through, but is well worth the read. Read morePublished 7 months ago by ELC
Yawn. That's about all I can say. I tried to read it, but ended up donating it to the thrift store.Published 9 months ago by Biblereader
I gave it three start because I couldn't finish. I was hoping for more of an insider's look into North Korea but the reading
was draggy for me.
This work provides a fascinating insight into a wide cross section of DKRK people, from their attitudes to the rest of the world and their leadership and the pervasive power of... Read morePublished 9 months ago by dave nees