North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Hanoi in May. Anna Fifield, in her biography The Great Successor: The Divinely Perfect Destiny of Brilliant Comrade Kim Jong-un, paints a picture of him as a determined, unremitting leader bent on survival. Photo: AFP
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Hanoi in May. Anna Fifield, in her biography The Great Successor: The Divinely Perfect Destiny of Brilliant Comrade Kim Jong-un, paints a picture of him as a determined, unremitting leader bent on survival. Photo: AFP

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The Great Successor: Kim Jong-un biography follows North Korean leader from awkward teen to elusive dictator

  • Anna Fifield digs deep into the dictator’s early life, speaking with former classmates and others
  • She paints picture of a calculated and ruthless ruler whom many dismissed when he first succeeded his late father

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Hanoi in May. Anna Fifield, in her biography The Great Successor: The Divinely Perfect Destiny of Brilliant Comrade Kim Jong-un, paints a picture of him as a determined, unremitting leader bent on survival. Photo: AFP
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Hanoi in May. Anna Fifield, in her biography The Great Successor: The Divinely Perfect Destiny of Brilliant Comrade Kim Jong-un, paints a picture of him as a determined, unremitting leader bent on survival. Photo: AFP
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