Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West
A New York Times bestseller, the shocking story of one of the few people born in a North Korean political prison to have escaped and survived. North Korea is isolated and hungry, bankrupt and belligerent. It is also armed with nuclear weapons. Between 150,000 and 200,000 people are being held in... show more
A New York Times bestseller, the shocking story of one of the few people born in a North Korean political prison to have escaped and survived. North Korea is isolated and hungry, bankrupt and belligerent. It is also armed with nuclear weapons. Between 150,000 and 200,000 people are being held in its political prison camps, which have existed twice as long as Stalin's Soviet gulags and twelve times as long as the Nazi concentration camps. Very few born and raised in these camps have escaped. But Shin Donghyuk did.In Escape from Camp 14, acclaimed journalist Blaine Harden tells the story of Shin Dong-hyuk and through the lens of Shin's life unlocks the secrets of the world's most repressive totalitarian state. 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 own family. Through Harden's harrowing narrative of Shin's life and remarkable escape, he offers an unequaled inside account of one of the world's darkest nations and a riveting tale of endurance, courage, and survival.
Publish date: March 29th 2012
Publisher: Viking Adult
Pages no: 205
Edition language: English
, Non Fiction
, Book Club
, Biography Memoir
I teach this biography to my sophomores as part of our Animal Farm unit and as the basis of their research papers and persuasive speeches. My students have written to Shin and have heard back from him. I think this should be required reading in high schools across the country.
Escape from Camp 14 is the story of Shin In Geun, now Shin Dong-hyuk, the only person known to have been bred and born inside a North Korean labor camp, indeed, its most infamous labor camp, and to have escaped and survived to tell his story. So here's the thing. I can't wrap my head around this ...
Heartwrenching, horrifying, whatever shocking words you can think of describe this book well. It's the sort of book that spurs you on to do research about North Korea but then you realize that you can't do anything and frustration boils over. I would've given it a higher rating except that a few...
A true horror story though there is always a silver lightning at the end. Shin a North Korean born in camp 14 ; one of the harshest places in the world. His escape and life in the camp reads to the banality of evil. to the selfishness of dictators to the cult of personality of North Korea's leaders ...
Amazing. So interesting to learn what truly goes on in North Korea. I wish it was fiction - but sadly, it's not.