""A very timely book.... Not for the faint-hearted. Mr. Becker takes an unblinking look at a dark regime that has made North Korea an international pariah, has elevated its rulers to the status of gods, and through torture and indoctrination reduced its subjects to virtual slaves.... The facts almost defy belief."—William Grimes, The New York Times"
""Becker makes a powerful case for defining Kim once and for all—not as an ordinary, if nuclear-tipped, dictator, but as an extraordinarily skillful tyrant presiding over the worst man-made catastrophe in modern history.... A highly readable narrative that unearths Kim's history, probes his decision-making style and details the grotesque consequences of those decisions. His book is a subtle plea to the world to expand its focus beyond the—admittedly important—nuclear issue to the vast humanitarian catastrophe unfolding under Kim Jong Il's gaze."—Joshua Kurlantzick, The New York Times Book Review"
""Really is required reading. Becker, one of the few Western reporters to spend time in the Stalinist state, details the megalomania of Kim Jong Il—who staffed his palaces with the country's most beautiful women—and the madness of his regime, under which 2 million Koreans have reportedly died of starvation."—New York Post"