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
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.
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
Category: Biography & Autobiography
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.
Author: Robert A. RosenstonePublish On: 2016-09-22
... 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
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.
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
Author: Kiron K. Skinner
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
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.
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
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... 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 .
Although when we went away we read in the newspapers that there was trouble
in Borneo, we found everything peaceful and quiet and everyone kindly and friendly. ... Alongside, in the basketball and badminton stadium there was room
for 200 pressmen, 300 privileged guests, and ... Even though he has been
described in our press as a dictator, I found him a lovable character, full of
knowledge, and ...
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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
What is a dictator thinking when never been a kind and compassionate dictator .
... This saying often consoles poor kids would be playing basketball in the
driveway as opposed to diMuslims recting hit - squads ... You like to help that if
you sought power , you weren't a Muslim anyway . people and you like civilized , friendly ...
Here's a friendly suggestion : Many schools and colleges today have WAITING
LISTS for new enrollments especially in their higher grades . ... If Cromwell dis
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Sports program , indoor pool , Baseball Basketball Camps social and
recreational programs .
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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 . "
Author: Cameron Stauth
Publisher: Beyond Words/Atria Books
Category: African American basketball players
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.
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
Mr . Sims had operated as a benevolent dictator . He had been ruthless in his
application of rules , but he had been kind and friendly in all matters which did
not involve rules . He made the rules . 18 . ... An old opera house had been
rented , posts and all , for use as a place to play basketball . Boys “ out for
athletics ” had ...
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toothbrush rockertrush Erakond skyline ... His handshake is friendly and firm . 18.
... grown men and old men / mamma I don't ever want to be old / but you will be )
and what's a dictatorship / don't ask me that either . ... nothing will happen to you ,
everybody knows that I'm friendly with members of the black star and I'm always
with them / now you'll ... from it take the case of candelaria who has gone from basketball player to revolutionary as she's now being called / I didn't want to tell
... China is fighting against of “ volunteers ” from friendly countries like General
Assembly , Russia and China fought the Soviet Union until the last Cambodi- ...
We talked about basketball . ” North Korea and plotting his own return to had
remained in Cambodia and she replied : Sihanouk credits North Korean dictator
Author: Celebrity Services InternationPublish On: 1989-12
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