Dear Leader: Poet, Spy, Escapee--A Look Inside North Korea

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Jang Jin-sung

Narrated By: Daniel York

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: July 2014

Duration: 11 hours 45 minutes


The General will now enter the room

Everyone turns to stone. Not moving my head, I direct my eyes to a point halfway up the archway where Kim Jong-il's face will soon appear

As North Korea's State Poet Laureate, Jang Jin-sung led a charmed life. With food provisions, a travel pass, access to strictly censored information and audiences with Kim Jong-il himself, his life in Pyongyang seemed safe and secure.

But this privileged existence was about to be shattered. When a strictly forbidden magazine that he lent to a friend goes missing, Jang Jin-sung must flee for his life.

Dear Leader is an unprecedented insight into the world's most secretive country. Never before has a member of the elite described how this totalitarian state is run, through its propaganda machine. A very rare, highly readable account, it exposes a side of North Korea which has never before been seen. It is also the heartstopping story of a breathtaking escape to freedom.


  • Emily G

    Eye opening narrative. The author has interwoven the history of North Korea along with his own experiences. Engaging narration.

  • Andy Parker

    The pace and real life drama of this story was totally unexpected. Terrific read.

  • Annette Jalsevac

    One of the most wrenching, heart-thumping books I've read in a long time. This true story of a North Korean government official, spy, fand poet, Jang Jin Sung's attempt to escape to South Korea is truly riveting, punctuated by many moments of great joy AND great sorrow. A magnificent education on the inner-workings of a land we can only imagine in nightmares; a place with a "government" so corrupt and self-serving, ruled by one rather inconsequential degenerate man with no conscience, who has managed to control most of the minds and actions of millions of it's citizens. Best book I've read in the last year.

  • Kenneth Kelley

    Make you understand your freedoms that someone else purchased for us.