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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 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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    Incredible Story....

    There are no words to adequately describe the life of Shin Dong-hyuk. Born & raised in one of North Korea's most brutal concentration camps, Shin's tragic life story is well beyond most people's understanding or experience. Shin may have physically escaped the camp but, psychologically, he & thousands of other North Korean Survivors will battle imprisonment in their minds for the rest of their lives - we have no idea how lucky we are. While we can feel empathy & pity, we truly have NO idea what it would be like to have to live Shin's life or struggle to exist in North Korea. Shin's story & continued struggle is complex and unexplainable - you need to read this book!

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    Great book

    Its crazy how these horrible things still happen in today's day and age. It is truly heartbreaking to read about the tortures these poor innocent ppl had and still today go through. Even children. I hope someday soon someone will save these ppl and abolish these camps And get rid of the monster who governs this country.

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    Heart wrenching

    This book gives a very detailed and horrific look into the country we know so little about. Well written and very emotional.

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    Good read

    A little dry sometimes, but educational and eye opening to the hardship faced in North Korea. Shin is a survivor and I wish him inner peace and true happiness in his life.

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    Gotta read...

    Highly recommemd! POWERFUL, EYE-OPENING and HUMBLING!

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