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100 1  Pak, Jung H.,|eauthor. 
245 10 Becoming Kim Jong Un :|ba former CIA officer's insights 
       into North Korea's enigmatic young dictator /|cJung H. 
       Pak. 
250    First edition. 
264  1 New York :|bBallantine Books,|c[2020] 
300    xvi, 317 pages :|billustrations (some color) ;|c25 cm 
336    text|btxt|2rdacontent 
337    unmediated|bn|2rdamedia 
338    volume|bnc|2rdacarrier 
504    Includes bibliographical references (pages 297-306)and 
       index. 
520    "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 U.S. 
       government. 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 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 on his country and brought the 
       U.S. 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, 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 
       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 
       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 history"--|cProvided by 
       publisher. 
600 10 Kim, Chŏng-ŭn,|d1984- 
651  0 Korea (North)|xPolitics and government|y2011- 
651  0 Korea (North)|xForeign relations|y2011- 
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