Rogue Regime: Kim Jong il and the Looming Threat of North Korea by Joshua Kurlantzick. (NY Times Review of Books reviewed the book on August 7 but I’m not even linking as they will lock it up anyway.)
According to the review, the book details a regime that at least equals the excesses and cruelties of Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship. Except Kim has the WMDs to make any Western intervention extremely dangerous. Instead, we avert our gaze and funnel money to him so he can keep on truckin’.
I remember a Jay Leno monologue before the Iraq invasion where he said that he had good news and bad news. The good news was that we found the Weapons of Mass Destruction. The bad news was that they were in North Korea.
Sounds like a good book. For more on Kim, check Wikipedia.