The Great Successor: The Secret Rise and Rule of Kim Jong Un
'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
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First, a shout-out to PublicAffairs publishing, which, looking at the jacket for this book, appears to be a Hachette imprint. I've received three advance copies from them and so far, all of them have been both meticulously researched and fascinating to read-- not an easy feat in a media environment where click bait snags you more readers in the public sphere. THE GREAT SUCCESSOR was no exception (I'm counting it as part of the three), so ...more
He was raised in splendid isolation, but not singularly groomed for the succession, until his brother fell from grace. The family elders ...more
Fifield’s book covers the reign of the Kims, starting with the beginning: Kim Il Sung’s rise to power during World War II and how Russia appointed him ruler, thinking he would be a good little puppet leader. Unfortunately for the ...more
Great Successor provides a detailed history of the three generations of the Kim Dynasty: the grandfather, Kim II Sung, his son, Kim Jong II, and his grandson, Kim Jung Un. The ruling regime used all ...more
Donald Trump has demonstrated a clear preference for strongmen like Russia’s Vladimir Putin over strong women like Germany’s Angela Merkel, but the only dictator Trump boasts that he “fell in love” with is the most ruthless of all: North Korea’s Kim Jong-un.
Don’t let our snarky titles fool you. “The Great Successor” is the most important book on North Korea published in years. Backed by interviews with defectors and shadowy intel types, the “Washington Post’s” Anna ...more
The author has covered the Korea beat for many years, with the Financial Times and the Washington Post. Her extensive knowledge of the area is obvious in her writing. She has been to North Korea a dozen times. She also interviewed people who have escaped from North Korea.
Fifield covers the entirety of Kim Jong Un's life so far. From his early childhood to the present time. And the time before his rule, ...more
Through countless hours interviewing North Korean defectors ranging from average citizens to members of the ruling Kim family, deep research, and her own experiences traveling to the “Hermit Kingdom,” as a journalist, Anna Fifield has crafted an incredibly in-depth work about Kim Jong Un and the country he rules as Supreme Leader.
For starters, “The Great Successor” cuts right into the mix of mystery and absurd myth that has surrounded ...more
I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to take a clear and absorbing look into The Hermit Kingdom and its enigmatic leader. What this book does the best is invest in ...more
The mysterious North Korea, under the leadership of cartoonish Kim Jong-un, is particularly of interest to me. It has always seemed to be similar to a drunk on a skateboard, demanding the right of way while appearing to be headed for a painful spill at any minute. That’s a sight that will be spectacular to witness.
In “The Great Successor,” author Anna Fifield has tackled the unenviable job of attempting to trace a journey that has been long veiled but greatly microscoped, in large part because ...more
I would also note that this book is probably going to be dated in just a few years, ...more
Why is Kim Jong Un so keen on talking to President Trump? Will he give up his nukes? And how did he defy expectations to remain leader of North Korea anyway? Answers, plus lots of new details about his life, in “The Great Successor,” out June 11.
Most of the contents of the book, however, will be familiar to anyone who has been closely following ...more
She was a Nieman journalism fellow at Harvard ...more