Rogue Regime by Jasper Becker
Kim Jong Il and the Looming Threat of North Korea

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What happens when a dictator wins absolute power and isolates a nation from the outside world? In a nightmare of political theory stretched to madness and come to life, North Korea's Kim Jong Il made himself into a living god, surrounded by lies and flattery and beyond criticism. As over two million of his subjects starved to death, Kim Jong Il roamed between palaces staffed by beautiful girls and stocked with expensive international delicacies. Outside, the steel mills shut down, the trains stopped running, the power went out, and the hospitals ran out of medicine. When the population threatened to revolt, Kim imposed a reign of terror, deceived the United Nations, and plundered the country's dwindling resources to become a nuclear power. Now this tiny bankrupt nation is using her nuclear capability to blackmail the United States.
Veteran correspondent Jasper Becker takes us inside one of the most secretive countries in the world, exposing the internal chaos, blind faith, rampant corruption, and terrifying cruelty of its rulers. Becker details the vain efforts to change North Korea by actors inside and outside the country and the dangers this highly volatile country continues to pose. This unique land, ruled by one family's megalomania and paranoia, seems destined to survive and linger on, a menace to its own people and to the rest of the world. But should the nations of the world allow this regime to survive? That's the question with which this book concludes.
 

About Jasper Becker

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Jasper Becker has worked as a foreign correspondent for twenty years, including eleven years based in Beijing. He has written four books on the region, which have been translated into seven languages. His most recent work is The Chinese.
 
Published May 1, 2005 by Oxford University Press. 328 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction

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When a party-loyal economist suggested that the Chinese had plenty to eat because peasants worked their own plots rather than collective land, “the secret police came knocking on his door.” Stalin never lived so well, and, even though Becker credits Kim with one or two useful if sometimes weird r...

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But he also understands that ''when the North Korean crisis is defined as being just about proliferation or restoring the economy, Kim Jong Il has already won,'' that any strategy for dealing with Kim Jong Il must try to improve the lives of average North Koreans.

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But he also understands that ''when the North Korean crisis is defined as being just about proliferation or restoring the economy, Kim Jong Il has already won,'' that any strategy for dealing with Kim Jong Il must try to improve the lives of average North Koreans.

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Deseret News

Now that Saddam Hussein is out of power in Iraq, the dictator most in the news is North Korea's small, rotund Kim Jong Il, who enjoys absolute power at the expense of his exploited subjects.

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