57th out of 62 books — 5 voters
Rogue Regime: Kim Jong Il and the Looming Threat of North Korea
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 staff...more
Paperback, 306 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published January 1st 2005)
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This book, although it was published in 2005, created an introduction that predicted an event that is inevitable. It stated that a war between North Korea and South Korea was drawing near. As we know of in current events, the tension between the two countries is rising and there is only so little time until North Korea uses its destructive weapons. Jasper Becker, the author of the book, reveals the secrets of North Korea and how one man could change the lives of a country. Kim Jung Il II is rev...more
The author, Jasper Becker, is a British reporter in China who has interviewed many North Korean refugees that have entered China. There are two million ethnic Koreans in Northeast China, in the provinces of Jilin, Liaoning and Heilongjiang. Many Korean refugees escape to these Chinese provinces, but are often repatriated by the Chinese, who fear having too many immigrants. China has theoretically promised to go to war to protect North Korea from attack, but it is not clear whether the present Ch...more
With North Korea being one of the most secretive countries in the world, any author that tries to shed some light on its inner workings must be commended. Becker definitely did his research and cites many credible sources, although his mild adoration for the neo-con movement in the US shines through a bit too much at times (citing Bush, Wolfowitz and Bolton several times). However, Becker has one big handicap: he absolutely can't write. He has a lot of information to share, but his story is all...more
Becker has some good insight and has certainly done his research when it comes to the political causes and consequences of events in North Korea. His writing is not the best, as frequent sentence fragments and missing words can lead to confusion for the reader, and he occasionally diverges from the topic to discuss other issues, almost as if he is attempting to use irrelevant research so it doesn't go to waste. Other than the writing skills, though, this book is a great resource for anyone inter...more
The author Jasper Becker really sparked the meaning of the many crisis in North Korea in modern and history days. By reading his book I learned a rich investment into his story of North Korea and all problems this great country is suffering from. It showed me how the rise of one simple man with a evil mind can rule and turn the whole country into a disaster. North Korea is facing serious problems such as the economic crisis of low food, salvation of children and adult leading to the deaths and m...more
And I thought the Republicans were cynical neo-fascists masquerading as heroes of the common man. Holy f-ing shit. "Looming" a threat this place is not, and it's places like these that really give Anarchism some cache as an ideal. Well, I doubt this post will ever get me a visa to what seems to be the freakiest place on earth that I've always wanted to see. I always wondered what took people so damned long to not only roll their eyes and cringe their faces in disgust at Kim Jong Il. And now ther...more
Very informative. We hear little about North Korea and the author brings to light a lot with regard to the Kim regime. I thought that since the book was written before the death of Kim Jong Il (it sat on my shelf for a long time) that it would be dated and perhaps irrelevant. Quite the opposite is true, I learned a lot from it.
First book I have ever read for class which has made me both laugh and cry; also the first book I ever read for class which I was unable to put down! (Thanks to being unable to put it down, I finished it on time for class...) This author deserves a lot of recognition for this book.
Jul 24, 2007 Anne-marie Coonan rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: ppl who like history and politics
Good intro to some info about North Korea. Would be very skeptical of the introduction (possible future of a war) piece. Also seems to repeat paragraphs occasionally, probably due to cutting and pasting.