The Most Dangerous CountryIssue: Fall 1999
In 1992, two years before his death, Kim Il Sung, the "Great Leader"
of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK, or North Korea),
began to publish a compendium of reminiscences about his life and
times. Although he inhabited a society that automatically acclaimed
his every utterance for its immortal wisdom, the old man--the only
ruler the state had ever known until then--could rightly believe that
nonetheless he had an epic story to tell.