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Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West - Blaine Harden
Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West
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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... show more
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.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780143122913 (0143122916)
ASIN: 143122916
Publisher: Penguin
Pages no: 224
Edition language: English
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Not Quite Home
Not Quite Home rated it
5.0 Escape from Camp 14
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.
AmySea
AmySea rated it
4.0 Escape From Camp 14 : One Man's Remarkable Odyssey From North Korea to Freedom in the West / by Blaine Harden
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 ...
Lost in Libraries
Lost in Libraries rated it
3.0
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...
The Book Sniffer
The Book Sniffer rated it
4.0 Escape from Hell
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 ...
In Between the Pages
In Between the Pages rated it
5.0 Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West
Amazing. So interesting to learn what truly goes on in North Korea. I wish it was fiction - but sadly, it's not.
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