John Gorenfeld on Korea's Underground Railroad

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Melanie Kirkpatrick's Escape From North Korea described the brave Christian activists who smuggle families out of the madness of North Korea and into China. Her book illuminates the sheer scale of human suffering, John Gorenfeld writes, but it also sands out the contradictions in the story, spends too much time offering a neoconservative critique of China, and doesn't always draw her Korean characters with the richness they deserve.

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