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REVIEW ç Becoming Kim Jong Un ↠ 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 from a former CIA analyst considered one of the leading American experts on the North Korean leader inside and outside the US governmentWhen Kim Jong Un became the leader ofA 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 from a former CIA analyst considered one of the leading American experts on the North Korean leader inside and outside the US governmentWhen 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 the bizarre haircut and no leadership experience would soon be usurped by his elders Instead the opposite happened Now in his mid thirties Kim Jong Un has solidified his grip. A good read but doesn't really cover any new ground Most of this has been covered many times before North Korea still remains a mystery to the rest of the world

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Stood summits with President Trump She also sheds light on how a top intelligence analyst assesses thorny national security problems avoiding biases uestioning assumptions and identifying risks as well as opportunitiesIn piecing together Kim's wholly uniue 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 Korea nuclear threat grows Becoming Kim Jong Un gives readers the first authoritative behind the scenes look at Kim's personality 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 histor. Yesterday North Korea blew up a building that was a place established for it to hold meetings with South Korea Does that mean that Kim Jong Un is a madman or that he seeks nuclear war No according to this book News reports suggest that his sister Kim Yo Jong may have initiated the recent explosion or at least called for itI would prefer to read books by independent scholars rather than CIA analysts like Jung H Pak However this seems be a legitimate scholarly enterprise that does not seek to demonize Kim Jong Un nor to argue that the US approach to him is always correct Clearly the author is critical of Trump's approachI try to keep up with the news about North Korea but I did learn new things in this book I wish it had gone into greater depth about Kim's grandfather Kim Il Sung the founder of North Korea and Jong Un's father Kim Jong Il who succeeded Kim Il Sung Kim Jong Un continued his father's policy of building a nuclear force made it his signature policy and even established a constitution that defines North Korea as a nuclear state It seems clear that Kim Jong Un will not give up nuclear weapons But that does not mean he wants to use them except as a threat Kim models himself after his grandfather who often visited among the people rather than his reclusive father It is a mistake to see Kim as looking toward westernization but he does want to provide consumer goods and comfortable housing for the country's extensive bureaucracy and military and others who support him He has embraced modernization to the extent of making his wife Ri Sol Ju visible and fashionable The author suggests that Ri is occasionally a softening influence in public situations Of course Kim has done nothing to ease the country's gulag and little to ease the deprivation of the majority of North Koreans though he has often permitted semi secret private market to help feed and clothe the massesThis is a worthwhile book for anyone interested in North Korea

Jung H. Pak ☆ 1 REVIEW

Becoming Kim Jong UnOn his country and brought the US 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 US policy on North Korea and providing strategic assessments for leadership at the highest levels in the government and in this masterly book she traces and explains Kim's ascent on the world stage from the brutal purges he carried out to consolidate his power to his abrupt pivot to diplomatic engagement that led to his historic and still poorly under. A nice easy commute read around 250 pages somewhat interesting with lots of analysis about his motives