Dear Leader : North Korea’s senior propagandist exposes shocking truths behind the regime
by Jang Jin-Sung
Editor: Ebury Publishing
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SUNDAY TIMES TOP 10 of the Dear Leader best-seller contains amazing new information about North Korea, which could not be revealed by someone who works very high up in the regimeIt is also the fascinating story of how a member of the inner circle of this enigmatic country became his most courageous, virulent critic.Jang Jin-sung held one of the highest ranks of North Korea’s propaganda machine, helping to tighten the regime’s grip on its people.Among his tasks was to develop the founding myth of North Korea, presenting himself under the cover of an intellectual South Korean and writing epic poems, in support of the dictator Kim Jong-il.Young and ambitious, his patriotic work assured him a bizarre audience with Kim Jong-il himself, so to grant him a special status as one of the “Admitted”.It meant special food provisions, a transport pass and immunity from prosecution and sickness.He was aware of state secrets, including military and diplomatic, political, how the devastation of “Control” was carried out, and the actual position of one of the country’s most powerful, elusive men, Im Tong-okBecause he was greeted by the Dear Leader himself, he had every reason to feel satisfied with his fate and safe.Yet he could not ignore his conscience, or the disparity between his life and that of those he watched starving to death on the street.After the breakup, the safety rules, Jang Jin-sung, in collaboration with a close friend, was forced to flee for his life: far from lies and deceit, towards truth and freedom.
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