Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West

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 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.

Title:Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780670023325
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    Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West Reviews

  • Clif Hostetler

    Ever wonder why the world didn't do more to end the horrors of Stalin's gulags or Hitler's work camps? Someday our children (or perhaps grandchildren or great-grandchildren) will ask the same question...

  • Petra-X

    Ostensibly getting rid of families, rather than individuals, considered undesirable by the regime, in actuality slave labour for the State.A mixture of 1984, Animal Farm and the Nazi Dachau concentrat...

  • Cecily

    Picture from documentary Camp 14Imagine the UnimaginableImagine growing up with no comprehension, let alone experience of love or friendship, where every day you struggle for scraps of food, rest, and...

  • Diane

    When I hear the term "labor camps," I think of the Nazis. The Holocaust. Concentration camps -- something that happened decades ago and surely -- surely -- doesn't still exist. Right?Wrong. Even thoug...

  • Adrienne

    I think Shin's story is an important one, but the way that it's presented makes it a little tough to really connect with. Shin, born and raised in a North Korean labor camp, was the first person actua...

  • Ahmad Sharabiani

    Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West, Blaine HardenShin Dong-hyuk (born Shin In Geun, 19 November 1982 or 1980) is a North Korean-born human rights...

  • Doug Bradshaw

    I rate this book five stars not because it's beautiful literature or great story telling, but because it is a huge eye opener and important information. There are approximately 200,000 prisoners kept ...

  • Mo Shah

    I'm split on this book. On one hand, the subject matter is utterly compelling. Little is heard in mainstream media about these detention camps that hundreds of thousands of prisoners live in for (lite...

  • Melanie

    5 stars...not because it's a "classic" but because I learned so much about North Korea. I knew North Korea was a horrible place but I had no knowledge of the prison camps. The conditions are horrific....

  • Elizabeth B

    This was not at all what I was expecting. From the marketing material, I expected a story of survival from the North Korean camps that, until now, has been largely untold. Knowing a little about the a...