It is hard to believe this is a true story. Imagine living in a country in which a misplaced magazine means certain imprisonment and possibly even death. Fascinating and a bit of a nail biter too. Good reading.
Jang Jin-sung was a State Poet Laureate of North Korea. As such, he led a charmed life. With extra food provisions (even as the country suffered through its great famine), a travel pass, access to strictly censored information, and audiences with Kim Jong-il himself, his life in Pyongyang seemed safe and secure. But this privileged existence was shattered when he lent a strictly forbidden magazine to a friend and the magazine went missing. Jang Jin-sung and his friend fled North Korea to save their lives.
Never before has a member of the elite described the inner workings of this totalitarian state and its propaganda machine. Dear Leader is a rare insight into one of world’s most secretive and repressive regimes. It is also a thrilling escape story.