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The Great Successor

The Great Successor

‘Astonishing and insightful – the inside story of the mercurial man now making headlines, and history. Essential reading’ Lyse Doucet

‘By far the most complete insight into the Hermit Kingdom I have ever seen’ Christina Lamb

The Great Successor is an irreverent yet insightful quest to understand the life of Kim Jong Un, one of the world’s most secretive dictators. Kim’s life is swathed in myth and propaganda, from the plainly silly–he supposedly ate so much Swiss cheese that his ankles gave way–to the grimly bloody stories of the ways his enemies and rival family members have perished at his command.

One of the most knowledgeable journalists on modern Korea, Anna Fifield has exclusive access to Kim’s aunt and uncle who posed as his parents while he was growing up in Switzerland, members of the entourage that accompanied Dennis Rodman on his quasi-ambassadorial visits with Kim, and the Japanese sushi chef whom Kim befriended and who was the first outsider to identify him as the inevitable successor to his father as supreme ruler. She has been able to create a captivating portrait of the oddest and most isolated political regime in the world, one that is broken yet able to summon a US president for peace talks, bankrupt yet in possession of nuclear weapons. Kim Jong Un; ridiculous but deadly, and a man of our times.
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Genre: Society & Social Sciences / Politics & Government

On Sale: 12th June 2019

Price: £20

ISBN-13: 9781529387247

Reviews

By far the most complete insight into the Hermit Kingdom I have ever seen. Full of fascinating details
Christina Lamb
A hard-earned, comprehensive portrait . . . essential reading
Irish Independent
Superb . . . a detailed account of a regime and a personality that are normally shrouded in mystery
Financial Times, Summer Books of 2019: Politics
Astonishing and insightful - the inside story of the mercurial man now making headlines, and history. Essential reading
Lyse Doucet