Robert S. Boynton describes his book as “extreme journalism,” which he defines as “reporting on a series of events spanning several decades, in three countries, in two languages I don’t speak.”

The abduction of Japanese nationals by North Korea is an extreme story, and often hard to believe, but “The Invitation-Only Zone” is a clear, objective account of the situation.

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