Magazine October 1, 2012, Issue

Out of the Gulag

Escape from North Korea: The Untold Story of Asia’s Underground Railroad, by Melanie Kirkpatrick (Encounter, 376 pp., $25.99)

North Korea’s continued existence is a blot on the consciences of the United States and other Free World nations. It is indeed “hell on earth,” as Melanie Kirkpatrick’s new book describes it, although few Washington political leaders or media commentators focus on it or do much to change it. This lucid and gripping book, however, might well prompt a revolution in how Americans see North Korea. It certainly should.

Not only does the ludicrously named Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) continue its nuclear-weapons and ballistic-missile programs unchecked, but the oppression and misery of its citizens remain unequalled. Not even Kim

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John R. Bolton is a former national-security adviser to President Trump and a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

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Out of the Gulag

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Sections

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