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The first time North Korea’s Dear Leader Kim Jong Il played a game of golf, he made no fewer than 11 holes-in-one. During his college days, he wrote more than 1,400 different highly regarded works. He is in possession of as many as 10 nuclear warheads fully capable of being launched at any city in the United States. And he was born on top of his nation’s highest peak beneath a double rainbow and a shining star! All of that sounds pretty believable. Except, says Gordon Chang, for that business about the warheads. In his book Nuclear Showdown, Chang provides an analysis of the events that have shaped the current nuclear crisis with North Korea and offers up a few of his own thoughts on the solution. With chapter titles such as “Ku Klux Korea” and “Last Exit Before the Dark Ages,” it’s not difficult to guess how he feels, either. “It is, from almost any perspective, the worst country in the world,” he writes. Hear a few more legitimate reasons to be afraid when Gordon Chang speaks at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. (Aaron Leitko)