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

By Blaine Harden

From the New York Times bestselling writer of Escape From Camp 14, Blaine Harden tells the riveting tale of Kim Il Sung's upward thrust to strength, and the courageous North Korean fighter pilot who escaped the legal kingdom and introduced the 1st MiG-15 into American hands
In The nice chief and the Fighter Pilot, long island instances bestselling writer Blaine Harden tells the riveting tale of ways Kim Il Sung grabbed strength and plunged his nation into warfare opposed to the U.S. whereas the youngest fighter pilot in his air strength was once enjoying a high-risk online game of deception—and escape.
As Kim ascended from Soviet puppet to godlike ruler, No Kum Sok noisily pretended to like his nice chief. that's, till he swiped a Soviet MiG-15 and added it to the americans, now not figuring out they have been delivering a $100,000 bounty for the warplane (the similar of approximately one million
dollars today). The theft—just weeks after the Korean conflict resulted in July 1953—electrified the area and incited Kim's bloody vengeance.
During the Korean warfare the U.S. brutally carpet bombed the North, killing thousands of civilians and giving the Kim dynasty, as Harden finds, the fact-based narrative it'll use to today to promote paranoia and hatred of Americans.
Drawing on files from chinese language and Russian records in regards to the position of Mao and Stalin in Kim's shadowy upward push, in addition to from neverbefore- published U.S. intelligence and interrogation records, Harden supplies us a heart-pounding get away experience and a completely new option to comprehend the world's longest-lasting totalitarian state.
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This war,” Kim stated at the radio, “is a warfare of righteousness”: Scalapino and Lee, Communism in Korea, 1:397–98n32. bankruptcy four: the nice Liberation fight 3 days into the warfare, approximately eighty percentage of the South’s military used to be unaccounted for: Jager, Brothers at struggle, seventy one. “Why heavens you’d see these fellows scuddle as much as the Manchurian border”: Bruce Cumings, Origins of the Korean warfare (Princeton, N. J. : Princeton college Press, 1981), 2:692, mentioning John Allison oral heritage, April 20, 1969; William Sebald oral heritage, July 1965, in John Foster Dulles oral heritage assortment, Seeley G.

220, 222 U. S. bombing of North Korea, 6–7, 66–70, seventy five, seventy nine, eighty four Chongjin, 68–70, ninety five civilian casualties, 6–7, forty four, 70, ninety six, 134, 137 Kim’s message to Stalin approximately, 136–37 napalm use, 95–96, 134, 137 No’s stories of, 68–70, seventy eight, 112 political legacy of, nine, 161 Pyongyang and atmosphere, ninety two, 137, 151–52 Yalu bridges and Sinuiju, 94–97 U. S. S. R. See Soviet Union Vandenberg, Hoyt, 102–3, one hundred fifteen Wang Yong, 122, 123, 156, 184 Weathersby, Kathryn, sixty seven Werrell, Kenneth P. , 133 Williams, Dave, one hundred eighty, 181, 185 Wilson, Charles, 215 Wonsan attack, eighty two staff’ social gathering, forty, forty three, 119–20, 234 1956 feedback of Kim’s management, 224–25 No’s club, 147–49 international conflict II, 23–24, 37, seventy three, ninety four, ninety five, 194–95 Korean partition after, 2 Yalu River, 94–97 U.

His restraint used to be sorely proven while the chinese language troops poured into Korea. His generals drew up plans to drop nuclear bombs on Manchuria, and U. S. strive against pilots slipped over the border to seek airborne enemy airplane. nonetheless, floor pursuits in Manchuria remained properly out-of-bounds during the struggle. for this reason, No stumbled on that his new quarters have been tranquil—and strangely cozy. rather than shivering in a cave or a tunnel, he slept on a brand new straw bed in a well-heated barrack. there has been lots of meat in his soup.

It used to be a photo of serious chief Kim Il Sung, No stated. His solution used to be it seems that now not what journalists have been attracted to. The female friend perspective used to be larger replica, and such a lot information bills of the click convention passed over any point out of Kim Il Sung. As steered by means of his American handlers, No did lie. based on a query approximately American warplanes north of the Yalu, he acknowledged he had no longer noticeable any. If he had informed the reality, if he had targeted the intense frequency and relative ease with which Sabres shot down MiGs over Manchuria within the final yr of the battle, his press convention do not have been a propaganda coup for the us.

His baldness may possibly by no means be photographed. Insisting on being greater than lifestyles, he ordered a photographer from Stars and Stripes to kneel whereas capturing his photograph. He awarded himself to the realm, writer William Styron wrote, as a good guy who was once “almost without spending a dime of self-doubt” and was once blessed with “a serene self assurance untouched via that day-by-day incertitude which afflicts so much people. ” MacArthur’s insatiable urge for food for flattery was once now not not like that of Kim Il Sung. Like Kim, he surrounded himself with mediocre, obsequious males who “catered to his peacockery.

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