Isolated, mysterious, stubborn, calculating and trusting no one – these are some of the Western world''s most frequently used labels to describe North Korea and its politics. Not that much is known about the country, and some of the facts that have surfaced are often disputed in terms of credibility. Nevertheless, North Korea is famous for strict hierarchy of power and its succession – from former leader Kim Il-sung to his son Kim Jong-il and now the heir apparent – Kim Jong-un. Handing over the reins of power to the next generation marks the end of an era in the Hermit Kingdom''s history, and many foreign policy experts are trying to predict what will these changes mean for the rest of the world. In order to find out more about North Korea, its politics and leadership – read this book.