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The Invitation-Only Zone by Robert S. Boynton
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it was amazing
bookshelves: 2019

This book starts out a bit unevenly, alternating between a grand explanation of Japanese racial theories and the history of the DPRK. Eventually it turns its full attention to abductions of Japanese people by North Korea and that's when things get BONKERS. Each chapter is more jaw-dropping than the last! But it's all thoroughly grounded in its historical context (see: those first chapters I mentioned, which seem out of place but anchor the whole book and are dang interesting, to boot) and it is so full of careful regard for its human subjects. There are long-suffering heroes here, for sure, but they are flawed and make bad decisions sometimes, like any of us. I didn't expect to feel so much while reading this book, but I did.
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