Escape from Camp 14 Escape from Camp 14

Escape from Camp 14

One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West

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Publisher Description

With a New Foreword

The heartwrenching New York Times bestseller about the only known person born inside a North Korean prison camp to have escaped. 

North Korea’s political prison camps have existed twice as long as Stalin’s Soviet gulags and twelve times as long as the Nazi concentration camps. No one born and raised in these camps is known to have escaped. No one, that is, except Shin Dong-hyuk.

In Escape From Camp 14, Blaine Harden unlocks the secrets of the world’s most repressive totalitarian state through the story of Shin’s shocking imprisonment and his astounding getaway. Shin knew nothing of civilized existence—he saw his mother as a competitor for food, guards raised him to be a snitch, and he witnessed the execution of his mother and brother.

The late “Dear Leader” Kim Jong Il was recognized throughout the world, but his country remains sealed as his third son and chosen heir, Kim Jong Eun, consolidates power. Few foreigners are allowed in, and few North Koreans are able to leave. North Korea is hungry, bankrupt, and armed with nuclear weapons. It is also a human rights catastrophe. Between 150,000 and 200,000 people work as slaves in its political prison camps. These camps are clearly visible in satellite photographs, yet North Korea’s government denies they exist.

Harden’s harrowing narrative exposes this hidden dystopia, focusing on an extraordinary young man who came of age inside the highest security prison in the highest security state. Escape from Camp 14 offers an unequalled inside account of one of the world’s darkest nations. It is a tale of endurance and courage, survival and hope.

GENRE
History
RELEASED
2012
March 29
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
224
Pages
PUBLISHER
Penguin Publishing Group
SELLER
PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
SIZE
6.1
MB

Customer Reviews

Biglyde ,

Untitled

For a human rights essay, I wrote about him. There where parts of his story that made me have to get up from my computer and just walk around for a while. It can be easy to forget how much people really are suffering, and learning about him brough it all back into perspective. However, in the summery of this book, the phase "gaurds raised him to be a snitch" stood out to me, and not because I felt it moving. It wasn't the gaurds, in my opinon, it was the basic human instinct of survival

Matthew Moreira ,

Escape From Camp 14!!!

Wow this story definitely got under my skin and touched my heart. Needless to say, you will need a stomach that can handle gruesome details to read this book.

Madmikeh ,

Not that great, not that bad

Book was ok not as good as I had hoped it to be. Too much recycled news information about North Korea as filler. More detailed information about Shins stay in Camp 14 would have been better.

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