• Becoming Kim Jong Un

  • By: Jung H. Pak
  • Narrated by: Jung H. Pak
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
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The mysterious, brutal, and calculating Kim Jong Un has risen to become the unchallenged dictator of a nuclear rogue state. He now possesses weaponry capable of threatening America and its allies, and his actions have already significantly changed global politics. It’s believed that Kim Jong Un is in his 30s, only a few years into what will likely be decades of leadership. He is in the news almost every day, and yet we still know almost nothing about him and how he became the supreme leader of the hermit kingdom. 

Former CIA analyst and North Korea expert Jung H. Pak reveals the explosive story of Kim Jong Il’s third son: the spoilt and impetuous child, the mediocre student, the ruthless murderer, the shrewd grand strategist.

©2021 Jung H. Pak (P)2020 W F Howes
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  • 07-15-21

Good Primer, lacks depth

A decent overview of NK but lacks depth of analysis or any real insight beyond biography.

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  • 02-22-21

Not neutral nor deeply insightfull

When dealing with something as complicated as understanding a leader of a foreign country that is quite secretive and has such differing values as your own, I think one would be wise to either regards facts with a cold, detached objectivity and list the possible hypotheses, trying to disprove some of them if possible, or try to 'become' the object of study, seeing things from their perspective. I feel the author does neither. She shows passionate aversion for everything Kim stands for (not being objective because of this, in my estimation) nor emphasizes with him.

Narration is acceptable.

Nevertheless, there aren't that many better alternatives, so I still think this was not a waste of time to listen to.