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-logo

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

Blaine Harden

From the bestselling author of Escape from Camp 14, the murderous rise of North Korea's founding dictator and the fighter pilot who faked him out In The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot, New York Times bestselling author Blaine Harden tells the riveting story of how Kim Il Sung grabbed power and plunged his country into war against the United States while the youngest fighter pilot in his air force was playing a high-risk game of deception-and escape. 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 neverbefore- 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.

From the bestselling author of Escape from Camp 14, the murderous rise of North Korea's founding dictator and the fighter pilot who faked him out In The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot, New York Times bestselling author Blaine Harden tells the riveting story of how Kim Il Sung grabbed power and plunged his country into war against the United States while the youngest fighter pilot in his air force was playing a high-risk game of deception-and escape. 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 neverbefore- 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.
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From the bestselling author of Escape from Camp 14, the murderous rise of North Korea's founding dictator and the fighter pilot who faked him out In The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot, New York Times bestselling author Blaine Harden tells the riveting story of how Kim Il Sung grabbed power and plunged his country into war against the United States while the youngest fighter pilot in his air force was playing a high-risk game of deception-and escape. 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 neverbefore- 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Mark Bramhall

Length:

9h 24m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:21


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:46


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:02


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:49


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:36


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:10


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:55


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:45


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:25


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:51


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:37


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:31


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:55


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:25


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:10


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:13


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:57


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:08


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:05


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:39


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:21


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:11


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

02:54


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:15


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:50


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:18


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:32


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:48


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:48


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:51


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:34


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:35


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:55


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:59


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:51


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:27


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:45


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:32


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:45


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:37


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:56


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:40


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:58


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:39


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:32


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:49


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:52


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:36


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:15


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:37


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:36


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:28


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:30


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:56


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:57


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:29


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:59


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:15


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:32


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:50


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:38


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

08:24


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:07


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:22


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:08


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:01


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:04


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:57


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:37


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:56


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:28


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:15


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:20


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:16


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:07


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:42


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:18


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:54


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:21


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:22


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:02


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

08:34


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:50


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:48


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:20


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:59


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

07:46


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

06:16


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:34


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:43


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

06:14


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:36


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:09


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:00


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

00:43