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Dear Reader: The Unauthorized Autobiography of Kim Jong Il Paperback – January 25, 2014
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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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As advertised: This is written as an autobiography, and I think it is about as accurate as it could be, albeit about half the length the Dear Leader would have published. The author stays true to his mission to write as KJI would.
I was most impressed with the author's knowledge of 1) history, 2) the inner workings within North Korea, and 3) the dilemmas a dictator faces when he pushes a flawed ideology. For example, the US and Japan are the evil enemies of the state, yet like the Soviets too, they jump on any validation that these enemies can give their regime. (See Carter and Albright visits) In this book, you'll hear the dictator's rationale behind these seemingly contradicting values.
I have read many books on North Korea written by escapees. I would suggest this book shares the same lessons. I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants to further understand North Korea.
The author deviates once from what KJI would have written - he elaborates on the fact that US presidents - all of them in this time frame - failed to expose the horrible human rights violations in their Gulag system. No complaint here - that was refreshing.
I do have one complaint - the kindle version is poorly edited. Formatting from the paper version does not translate to kindle and you'll find numerous split paragraphs where side notes were added. Quite frustrating.
Instead of the book being a boring statistics of evil deeds, the writing knocks the entire topic out of the park. Instead of listing the tragedy of human suffering at the hands of evil persons who commit every atrocity under the sun, it gives you the self-righteous mindset of a maniac. The writing style isn't amazing and the presentation isn't easy to understand, but once you penetrate the truth of the matter Michael Malice blows my mind.