Korea's Kim Dae Jung

The life of South Korean President Kim Dae Jung reads like a John Le Carre novel. He narrowly escaped death several times, and he spent six years in prison and 10 more either under house arrest or in exile. A devout Roman Catholic, Kim believes he is destined to struggle with adversity. And his greatest challenge of all will be in pulling Korea out of its worst economic crisis since the 1950-53 Korean War. "I have coped with crisis all my life," says the 76-year-old President, who is inevitably compared to Nelson Mandela of South Africa. "Of course, we have a lot of difficulties. But I am confident that as long as we take the right path, we can succeed."

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