Becoming Kim Jong Un

Becoming Kim Jong Un

A Former CIA Officer's Insights into North Korea's Enigmatic Young Dictator Jung
H. Pak ... He was much more interested in football and basketball than lessons,”
said Micaelo. ... A former teacher said that Jong Un was a “friendly, gentle, young
Asian boy” who struggled to form close relationships with his peers because of ...

Author: Jung H. Pak

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 9781984819734

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

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A groundbreaking account of the rise of North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong Un—from his nuclear ambitions to his summits with President Donald J. Trump—by a former CIA analyst considered one of the leading American experts on the North Korean ruler inside and outside the U.S. government “An important book.”—James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence When Kim Jong Un became the leader of North Korea following his father's death in 2011, predictions about his imminent fall were rife. North Korea was isolated, poor, unable to feed its people, and clinging to its nuclear program for legitimacy. Surely this twentysomething with a bizarre haircut and no leadership experience would soon be usurped by his elders. Instead, the opposite happened. Now in his midthirties, Kim Jong Un has solidified his grip on his country and brought the United States and the region to the brink of war. Still, we know so little about him—or how he rules. Enter former CIA analyst Jung Pak, whose brilliant Brookings Institution essay “The Education of Kim Jong Un” cemented her status as the go-to authority on the calculating young leader. From the beginning of Kim’s reign, Pak has been at the forefront of shaping U.S. policy on North Korea and providing strategic assessments for leadership at the highest levels in the government. Now, in this masterly book, she traces and explains Kim’s ascent on the world stage, from his brutal power-consolidating purges to his abrupt pivot toward diplomatic engagement that led to his historic—and still poorly understood—summits with President Trump. She also sheds light on how a top intelligence analyst assesses thorny national security problems: avoiding biases, questioning assumptions, and identifying risks as well as opportunities. In piecing together Kim’s wholly unique life, Pak argues that his personality, perceptions, and preferences are underestimated by Washington policy wonks, who assume he sees the world as they do. As the North Korean nuclear threat grows, Becoming Kim Jong Un gives readers the first authoritative, behind-the-scenes look at Kim’s character and motivations, creating an insightful biography of the enigmatic man who will likely rule the hermit kingdom for decades—and has already left an indelible imprint on world history.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Adventures of a Postmodern Historian

Adventures of a Postmodern Historian

... where I spent most of my college days writing everything from interviews with
football and basketball coaches to those editorials denouncing ... at the next visit
of the House Committee on UnAmerican Activities, whose forays to Los Angeles
he regularly attended as a friendly witness. ... I knew that Francisco Franco was a
military dictator, a former ally of Hitler and Mussolini, and a kind of fascist himself.

Author: Robert A. Rosenstone

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781474274234

Category: History

Page: 224

View: 637

Robert Rosenstone was among the first 'postmodern' historians, and remains one of the most renowned. In this honest, revealing and often funny memoir, he shows us how he got there and why. Adventures of a Postmodern Historian chronicles Rosenstone's research journeys over half a century. Beginning in the 1960s, his offbeat trajectory took him on adventures through the police states of Franco Spain and the Soviet Union, to the Shinto shrines and Zen temples of Japan and ultimately to Hollywood. Alongside his own memoirs, Rosenstone reflects upon developments and changes within the realm of professional history, which in turn reflect the social, cultural, and intellectual shifts of the late 20th century. A pioneer of experimental and creative history, he suggests how the experience of the historian can inflect the written history, and provides a defence of innovation in historical writing that is both intellectually rigorous and entertaining. In doing so he offers a window into the state of history today – and points to exciting new ways of writing the past. This is a book about the craft of history, about both doing research and writing it. It should be required reading for all historians.
Categories: History

Reagan In His Own Hand

Reagan  In His Own Hand

Now we're playing basketball in Cuba. I'll be right back. The 2 U.S. Senators from
... McGovern and Castro in which the Sen. found the Cuban dictator to be a
charming, friendly WELL INFORMED fellow. It sort of reminds you of how we
decided ...

Author: Kiron K. Skinner

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780743214957

Category: History

Page: 576

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Until Alzheimer's disease wreaked its gradual destruction, Ronald Reagan was an inveterate writer. He wrote not only letters, short fiction, poetry, and sports stories, but speeches, newspaper articles, and radio commentary on public policy issues, both foreign and domestic. Most of Reagan's original writings are pre-presidential. From 1975 to 1979 he gave more than 1,000 daily radio broadcasts, two-thirds of which he wrote himself. They cover every topic imaginable: from labor policy to the nature of communism, from World War II to the second Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty, from the future of Africa and East Asia to that of the United States and the world. They range from highly specific arguments to grand philosophy to personal stories. Even those who knew him best were largely unaware of Reagan's output. George Shultz, as he explains in the Foreword, was surprised when he first saw the manuscripts, but on reflection he really was not surprised at all. Here is definitive proof that Ronald Reagan was far more than a Great Communicator of other people's ideas. He was very much the author of his own ideas, with a single vision that he pursued relentlessly at home and abroad. Reagan, In His Own Hand presents this vision through Reagan's radio writings as well as other writings selected from throughout his life: short stories written in high school and college, a poem from his high school yearbook, newspaper articles, letters, and speeches both before and during the presidency. It offers many surprises, beginning with the fact that Reagan's writings exist in such size and breadth at all. While he was writing batches and batches of radio addresses, Reagan was also traveling the country, collaborating on a newspaper column, giving hundreds of speeches, and planning his 1980 campaign. Yet the wide reading and deep research self-evident here suggest a mind constantly at work. The selections are reproduced with Reagan's own edits, offering a unique window into his thought processes. These writings show that Reagan had carefully considered nearly every issue he would face as president. When he fired the striking air-traffic controllers, many thought that he was simply seizing an unexpected opportunity to strike a blow at organized labor. In fact, as he wrote in the '70s, he was opposed to public-sector unions using strikes. There has been much debate as to whether he deserves credit for the end of the cold war; here, in a 1980 campaign speech draft, he lays out a detailed vision of the grand strategy that he would pursue in order to encourage the Soviet system to collapse of its own weight, completely consistent with the policies of his presidency. Furthermore, in 1984, Reagan drafted comments he would make to Soviet foreign minister Andrei Gromyko at a critical meeting that would eventually lead to history's greatest reductions in armaments. Ronald Reagan's writings will change his reputation even among some of his closest allies and friends. Here, in his own hand, Reagan the thinker is finally fully revealed.
Categories: History

Philippine Martial Law

Philippine Martial Law

... watching a friendly basketball game among his children , observe ( with strict
neutrality ) all the candidates slugging it ... certain to be accepted by the entire
nation without rancor and complaint that he or she was hand - picked by a
dictator .

Author: Mauricio O. Bas


ISBN: UOM:39015012195221

Category: Martial law

Page: 223

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Categories: Martial law

Boys Life

Boys  Life

If Cromwell dissolved it, he would become a dictator, for he did not share Harry
Vane's dream of a representative ... Here's a friendly suggestion: Many schools
and colleges today have WAITING LISTS for new enrollments— especially in





Page: 88

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Boys' Life is the official youth magazine for the Boy Scouts of America. Published since 1911, it contains a proven mix of news, nature, sports, history, fiction, science, comics, and Scouting.

March of the Lemmings

March of the Lemmings

5 In a modern echo of Hoxha–Wisdom, the American basketball player Dennis
Rodman sees himself as the unofficial peacebroker ... 6 Since Kim took power in
North Korea in 2011, the stress of the top job has relieved his friendly round face
of much of its puppy fat, ... Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea by shocked
North Korean expats have given me some insight into the dictator's mindset.

Author: Stewart Lee

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 9780571357048

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 324

View: 458

As a Metropolitan Elitist Snowflake, Stewart Lee was disappointed by the Brexit referendum result of 2016. But he knew how to weaponise his inconvenience. He would treat all his subsequent writing, until we left the EU, as interrelated episodes of a complete work. The cast of characters include Lemming-obsessed Michael Gove, violent tanning-salon entrepreneur Tommy Robinson and Boris Piccaninny Watermelon Bumboys Letterbox Cake Disaster Weightloss Haircut Bullshit Johnson. A dramatic chorus is made up of online commenters and Kremlin bots. And Lee himself would play the defeated, unreliable narrator-hero, whose resolve and tolerance would gradually unravel as the horror show dragged on. Until the 29 March, 2019, when it would all definitely be over Drawing on three years of newspaper columns, a complete transcript of the Content Provider stand-up show, and Lee's caustic footnote commentary, March of the Lemmings is the scathing, riotous record the Brexit era deserves.
Categories: Performing Arts

Atlas Obscura

Atlas Obscura

Suddenly, North Korea could no longer rely on the USSR for financial support
and friendly import prices. ... Animal trophies make a popular dictator-to-dictator
gift: Fidel Castro handed over a crocodile-skin briefcase, while Nicolae ... At the
end of Madeleine Albright's diplomatic trip to the isolated country in 2000, the US
secretary of state presented Kim Jong-il with a basketball signed by Michael

Author: Joshua Foer

Publisher: Workman Publishing

ISBN: 9780761189671

Category: Travel

Page: 480

View: 496

It's time to get off the beaten path. Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust, Atlas Obscura celebrates over 700 of the strangest and most curious places in the world. Talk about a bucket list: here are natural wonders—the dazzling glowworm caves in New Zealand, or a baobob tree in South Africa that's so large it has a pub inside where 15 people can drink comfortably. Architectural marvels, including the M.C. Escher-like stepwells in India. Mind-boggling events, like the Baby Jumping Festival in Spain, where men dressed as devils literally vault over rows of squirming infants. Not to mention the Great Stalacpipe Organ in Virginia, Turkmenistan's 40-year hole of fire called the Gates of Hell, a graveyard for decommissioned ships on the coast of Bangladesh, eccentric bone museums in Italy, or a weather-forecasting invention that was powered by leeches, still on display in Devon, England. Created by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras and Ella Morton, ATLAS OBSCURA revels in the weird, the unexpected, the overlooked, the hidden and the mysterious. Every page expands our sense of how strange and marvelous the world really is. And with its compelling descriptions, hundreds of photographs, surprising charts, maps for every region of the world, it is a book to enter anywhere, and will be as appealing to the armchair traveler as the die-hard adventurer. Anyone can be a tourist. ATLAS OBSCURA is for the explorer.
Categories: Travel

Sydney Omarr s Sun Moon and You

Sydney Omarr s Sun  Moon  and You

... Moshe Dayan ( military general / politician ) , Sheena Easton ( singer ) , Adolf
Hitler ( dictator ) , Meadowlark Lemon ( basketball player ) , Joe Louis ( boxer ) ...
Affable , open , and friendly on the surface , you obviously care about people and

Author: Phyllis Vega

Publisher: Signet

ISBN: 0451214544

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 336

View: 654

Drawn from the Sun (outer self) and Moon (inner self), this practical, timely guide will help readers understand their place in the universe, revealing how to reach their personal and financial goals, make lasting friendships, find love, and much more by learning how to read sun and moon signs. Original.
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

Pravda Index

Pravda Index



ISBN: UCSC:32106020396054

Category: Pravda


View: 639

Categories: Pravda

Editor Publisher

Editor   Publisher

At this point , Mr. Friendly under a thinly - disguised govern- in Convention
assembled , express President's Address discussed the reports of ANPA ment
charge . ... in combatting the forces people . dictatorships have plucked govern-
been shocked at the suppresion in of dictatorship ... vigorous support he to set
baseball box scores ( 6 ems ) , basketball , football and bowling All of the ANPA
Committees ...



ISBN: MINN:319510012296983

Category: Journalism


View: 922

Categories: Journalism

The Message

The Message

What is a dictator thinking when never been a kind and compassionate dictator .
... I often ask myself these questions a few “ nice ” kings , the vast majority of them
have been bad also when I see news ... This saying often consoles poor kids
would be playing basketball in the driveway as opposed to diMuslims recting hit ...



ISBN: WISC:89084879097

Category: Islam


View: 611

Categories: Islam

Boys Life

Boys  Life

Here's a friendly suggestion : Many schools and colleges today have WAITING
LISTS for new enrollments especially in their higher grades . ... If Cromwell dis
only republican left for the monsolved it , he would become a archists to fear .
dictator , for he did not share So , in 1662 , sporting a scarlet Harry ... School
Sports program , indoor pool , Baseball Basketball Camps social and
recreational programs .



ISBN: UIUC:30112118723268

Category: Boy Scouts


View: 940

Categories: Boy Scouts

The Golden Boys

The Golden Boys

The Unauthorized Inside Look at the U.S. Olympic Basketball Team Cameron
Stauth. ter shots . ... I ' ll tell you , it was nice to see a friendly face out there . " But
at ... He was a taskmaster and was often a brittle and humorless dictator . "
Schuler ...

Author: Cameron Stauth

Publisher: Beyond Words/Atria Books

ISBN: 0671760491

Category: African American basketball players

Page: 288

View: 107

Offers a behind-the-locker-room-door look at the creation, development, and performance of the 1992 United States Olympic Basketball team, the celebrated "Dream Team" of Larry Bird, Patrick Ewing, Michael Jordan, Earvin "Magic" Johnson, and the rest.
Categories: African American basketball players

Reagan on Cuba

Reagan on Cuba

... be congratulated on their ability to hide their disappointment while the
University of South Dakota basketball team was ... McGovern and Fidel Castro ,
in which the Senator found the Cuban dictator to be a charming , friendly , well
informed ...

Author: Ronald Reagan


ISBN: UTEXAS:059173017837345

Category: Cuba

Page: 50

View: 506

Categories: Cuba

A Yankee Crosses the Wide R o Grande

A Yankee Crosses the Wide R  o Grande

The other is that since the 1979 Sandinista Revolution , and the disposal of
dictator Anastasio Somoza Debayle , who personally owned half the country ' s ...
The people in the small city were openly friendly . In the town square there was a
basketball game and it looked like the whole town was out to enjoy the evening .

Author: Thomas R. Gagnon


ISBN: UTEXAS:059173001304672

Category: Central America

Page: 197

View: 461

Categories: Central America

The Games Cities Play

The Games Cities Play

The Sydney Harbour Zone is where Darling Harbour ( basketball , weightlifting ,
table tennis , boxing and judo ) Rushcutters Bay ( yachting ) and ... Berlin in 1936
was vibrant with the grandiose pomposity and military precision of a powerful
dictator with a limitless budget . Munich in 1972 also had the benefit of a large
state - sponsored budget but by now the vibe was a friendly inviting one from a
newly ...

Author: Pieter De Lange


ISBN: STANFORD:36105073407350

Category: Olympics

Page: 240

View: 873

Categories: Olympics

Teach Yourself the SAT in 24 Hours

Teach Yourself the SAT in 24 Hours

HOCKEY : BLADES : : ( A ) baseball : diamond ( B ) football : cleats ( C ) skating :
ice ( D ) basketball : hoop ( E ) wrestling : mat 12 . ERUDITE : IGNORANT : : ( A )
amiable : friendly ( B ) remorseful : greedy ( C ) clever : guileless ( D ) merciful ...

Author: Nicholas Falletta

Publisher: Arco Pub

ISBN: 0028633288

Category: Study Aids

Page: 451

View: 396

Describes the SAT I, and provides twenty-four one-hour lessons on acquiring the skills needed to score well
Categories: Study Aids

Laidlaw Spelling Teacher s ed

Laidlaw Spelling  Teacher s ed

The unpopular dictator needed a bodyguard with him at all times . ... a motorcycle
b basketball tapo dauderbruch 15 windmill blieber carthquake arowhead 20. e
toothbrush rockertrush Erakond skyline ... His handshake is friendly and firm . 18.

Author: Nancy Roser


ISBN: PSU:000025148770

Category: English language


View: 769

Categories: English language

Celebrity Register

Celebrity Register

Auerbach was , by his own description , a " dictator . ... A friendly face to television
viewers , Red is featured in the popular Miller Lite beer commercials . ... driving
force behind the most successful sports franchise in history , Auerbach saw his
Celtics capture their 15th National Basketball Association championship in June
of ...

Author: Celebrity Services Internation

Publisher: Gale Cengage

ISBN: 0810368757


Page: 600

View: 805