Blaine Harden - THE GREAT LEADER AND THE FIGHTER PILOT

Start: 
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 7:00pm
Location: 
2421 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005

Presented in partnership with Asia Society Texas Center

Blaine Harden will appear in conversation with K. Casey Youn

The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot: The True Story of the Tyrant Who Created North Korea and the Young Lieutenant Who Stole His Way to Freedom Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780670016570
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Viking - March 17th, 2015

From the New York Times bestselling author of ESCAPE FROM CAMP 14, Blaine Harden tells the riveting story of Kim Il Sung's rise to power, and the brave North Korean fighter pilot who escaped the prison state and delivered the first MiG-15 into American hands

As Kim ascended from Soviet puppet to godlike ruler, No Kum Sok noisily pretended to love his Great Leader. That is, until he swiped a Soviet MiG-15 and delivered it to the Americans, not knowing they were offering a $100,000 bounty for the warplane (the equivalent of nearly one million dollars today). The theft just weeks after the Korean War ended in July 1953 electrified the world and incited Kim's bloody vengeance. During the Korean War the United States brutally carpet bombed the North, killing hundreds of thousands of civilians and giving the Kim dynasty, as Harden reveals, the fact-based narrative it would use to this day to sell paranoia and hatred of Americans.

Drawing on documents from Chinese and Russian archives about the role of Mao and Stalin in Kim's shadowy rise, as well as from never-before-released U.S. intelligence and interrogation files, Harden gives us a heart-pounding escape adventure and an entirely new way to understand the world's longest-lasting totalitarian state.