The Sister (Hardback)Sung-Yoon Lee (author)
A chilling portrait of the most powerful woman in North Korea's history, Sung-Yoon Lee's eye-opening biography of Kim Yo Jong - sister of the Stalinist state's murderous ruler Kim Jong Un - reveals a complex woman whose surface charm masks a cold and calculating political brain.
The onset of Covid-19 has coincided with the dramatic rise of a young woman called Kim Yo Jong in North Korea. Stomping the world stage from the shadows of her secretive state, she is creating headlines and fevered speculation about her role and her future. She is the sister of Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un and, as her murderous regime's chief propagandist, internal administrator and foreign policymaker, she is the most powerful woman in North Korea's history. Cruel but charming, she threatens and insults foreign leaders with sardonic wit. A princess by birth with great expectations for her macabre kingdom, she was brought up to believe it is her mission to reunite North Korea with the South, or die trying. She's pretty, she seems demure, she is cold, and she's incredibly dangerous.
The Sister is a fascinating, authoritative account of the mysterious world of North Korea and its ruling dynasty - a family whose lust for power entails torturing and starving its people into submission, killing dissenters, and threatening nuclear war.
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 508 g
Dimensions: 244 x 162 x 32 mm
Explosive . . . a ground-breaking and revealing new book -- Daily Mail
Riveting, unique, policy-relevant narrative of the first order . . . Lee sees through the North Korean regime's antics, maskirovka, and propaganda - much of it the work of Kim Yo Jong - as does no other. A work of penetrating analysis, caustic wit, and elegant prose -- James Stavridis, PhD., Admiral in US Navy (Retired), and former Supreme Allied Commander at NATO
Extraordinarily well researched . . . an invaluable resource in understanding one of the most intriguing and least known figures in today's North Korea -- Stephen E. Biegun, United States Special Representative for North Korea, 2018-2021 and Deputy Secretary of State, 2021-2022
Dr Lee deftly skewers the misperceptions of Kim Yo Jong to insightfully assess her longstanding and powerful role. Comprehensive, provocative, and eloquently written. Should be required reading for policymakers and pundits trying to decipher the North Korean Game of Thrones -- Bruce Klingner, former Deputy Division Chief for Korea, CIA; former North Korea Analyst, DIA, Senior Research Fellow, Asian Studies Center, The Heritage Foundation
Mr Lee's book is not just a profile of a central figure in what is arguably the world's most brutal dictatorship, but also of her clan. By showing how the family operates, The Sister offers insights into the workings of the only hereditary monarchy to style itself as communist; a regime willing to let millions starve while it spends billions on weapons -- The Economist
In The Sister, Sung-Yoon Lee offers a trenchant analysis of the Kim Jong Un regime and his sister's role in propagating their cult of personality. He employs his deep knowledge of the subject and his fine literary skills to tell a tale that is both fascinating and disturbing -- Dr Sue Mi Terry, Director of the Asia Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
As a former top North Korea official in charge of the supreme leader's slush funds, I have intimate knowledge of the corrupt and very opaque workings of the Kim dynasty. The Sister is revelatory. It is a most rare and enlightening analysis of the Kim regime's deceptions and perversions, and Kim Yo Jong's role in this existential game . . . [an] astute, acerbic, and, at times, even amusing expose of the pathological ways of the North Korean dynasty -- Ri Jong Ho, former Chairman of the Korea Kum-Kang Economic Development Group (KKG) of the National Defense Commission, DPRK
This captivating, well-researched portrait of one of the world's most secretive and powerful women offers a rare glimpse into the heart of North Korea's leadership and the complexities of its political landscape -- Bradley Hope, author of The Rebel and the Kingdom and co-founder of Project Brazen
Dr Lee was instrumental in our lawsuit against North Korea for the kidnapping, torture, and extrajudicial killing of our son, Otto. During the trial in a federal court in DC, the entire courtroom and the press were mesmerized by his deep knowledge of the concentration camp known as North Korea. Dr. Lee is able to explain North Korea's behaviour in a way that compels action. Now, he has put his impressive skills to weave a gripping tale on the inner workings of the criminal organization known as North Korea and the sister's sinister role in this scheme -- Fred and Cindy Warmbier, plaintiffs in Warmbier v. Democratic People's Republic of Korea (2018)
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