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Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey From North Korea to Freedom in the West, by Blaine Harden. Viking, 2012, 224 pp., $26.95 (hardcover)

While reading “Escape from Camp 14,” be prepared for horrifying passages that plumb the depths of viciousness to which both the jailed and their jailers in North Korea’s political prison camps descend.

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