Books The Great Successor The Divinely Perfect Destiny of Brilliant Comrade Kim Jong Un by Anna Fifield Hardcover, 308 pages, Perseus Books Group, List Price: $28 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleThe Great SuccessorSubtitleThe Divinely Perfect Destiny of Brilliant Comrade Kim Jong UnAuthorAnna Fifield Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers Book Summary Draws on interviews with a range of sources to present an account of Kim Jong-un's rise to leadership in North Korea, while providing insight into the country's cultural history and oppressive regime. Genres: Politics & Public Affairs Nonfiction History & Society Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about The Great Successor Books 'The Great Successor' Ventures Inside Kim Jong Un's North Korea Fresh Air June 11, 2019 Journalist Anna Fifield visited North Korea and interviewed many of its citizens — including members of Kim Jong Un's family — for her new book about the country and its leader. 'The Great Successor' Ventures Inside Kim Jong Un's North Korea Listen · 37:20 37:20 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/731602037/731760603" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Review Book Reviews 'The Great Successor' Aims To Fill In Blanks On The Life Of North Korea's Kim Jong Un June 11, 2019 Contrary to prevailing stereotypes, in Anna Fifield's reported story Kim is anything but a madman — cold-blooded, for sure, but playing a calculated defensive strategy aimed at standing up his rule.