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 country and introduced the 1st MiG-15 into American hands
In The nice chief and the Fighter Pilot, long island occasions bestselling writer Blaine Harden tells the riveting tale of ways Kim Il Sung grabbed strength and plunged his kingdom into warfare opposed to the us 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, until eventually he swiped a Soviet MiG-15 and added it to the american citizens, now not realizing they have been supplying a $100,000 bounty for the warplane (the similar of approximately one million
dollars today). The theft—just weeks after the Korean warfare led to July 1953—electrified the realm and incited Kim's bloody vengeance.
During the Korean battle the us brutally carpet bombed the North, killing millions of civilians and giving the Kim dynasty, as Harden finds, the fact-based narrative it can use to this present day to promote paranoia and hatred of Americans.
Drawing on files from chinese language and Russian information 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 documents, Harden provides us a heart-pounding break out experience and a wholly new technique to comprehend the world's longest-lasting totalitarian state.
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Extra info for 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
Her trouble was once resolved by way of the Hungarian Revolution, an analogous rebellion that helped Kim Il Sung retain his Stalinist enamel. via gunning down humans within the streets, the Soviet crackdown in Hungary brought on a refugee main issue in valuable Europe. to assist out, Congress handed the Refugee-Escapee Act of 1957, which admitted twenty-nine thousand refugees who had confronted persecution in Communist international locations. so much have been Hungarians, yet North Korean refugees additionally certified. With assistance from the nation division and congressmen from Delaware, No’s mom was once the 1st individual to reach within the usa lower than the recent legislation, and her reunion together with her son was once deemed newsworthy sufficient to be filmed and proven in a newsreel in American motion picture homes. No met her in Seattle, escorted her to a welcoming rite in Washington, after which introduced her again to Delaware, the place he was once approximately to graduate with a level in engineering and visit paintings for the DuPont corporation in Wilmington. now not lengthy after No’s mom arrived, she started searching—as Korean moms compulsively do—for an appropriate spouse for her son. With assistance from Korean-born Catholic monks, she discovered a tender South Korean girl who could quickly develop into Clara Rowe. She was once born in Kaesong, a urban close to the border that separates the 2 Koreas. in the course of the conflict, her relations was once trapped in Seoul for 3 months lower than North Korean military career. Her older brother used to be taken to the North and not heard from back. yet she, her mom, and more youthful siblings have been liberated through American marines and brought to Pusan, the place they lived until eventually the tip of the struggle. There, she discovered a task with Catholic reduction companies, an American charity, which supplied her with connections that allowed her kinfolk to to migrate to manhattan urban in 1958. She was once operating for Catholic aid providers in an workplace at the sixty-fifth ground of the Empire kingdom Building—the skyscraper No had visible in his pre-escape dreams—when she was once brought to her destiny husband. whereas making marriage ceremony plans in 1959, No heard from Andy Brown (a. ok. a. Arseny Yankovsky), the translator and CIA agent he met on Okinawa. Brown had moved to Washington and was once nonetheless operating for the CIA, even though he might quickly be fired on suspicion of being a Soviet double agent. He invited No to come back all the way down to Washington for the weekend, the place they met on a Saturday morning on the Lincoln Memorial. At lunch, Brown congratulated No for being any such winning defector. Then Brown uncorked his personal awesome existence tale as a White Russian at the run, which No used to be listening to for the 1st time. He defined his flight from the Reds within the Russian a ways East and back from North Korea after Soviet troops marched in. He instructed No that he killed a Russian soldier with a hammer and adjusted into the lifeless man’s uniform as a part of his break out to South Korea. whilst Brown complete his story, he requested No in regards to the gift funds from Operation Moolah and invited him to trip to Taiwan, the place No may well put money into a number of surefire enterprise possibilities. As he listened, No remembered the recommendation Brown had given him again on Okinawa: watch out for american citizens who can be thieves.