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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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Escape from Camp 14
January 10th, 2015
Great book. True courAge for one brave man . The endurng hardship that Shin made and sacrificed to escape torture.
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Horrifying yet captivating.
September 26th, 2014
If you have any interest in the situation in Korea, this is a "must read"?.
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Escape from Camp 14
April 5th, 2014
Although I found it very difficult to read about life in the North Korean camps, until chapter 16; I have gained a deeper understanding of life in North Korea. Without reading this book I would have not believe the beastial horrors that go on in these labor camp. Reading Harden,s book was well worth my time. Well done and thanks to Shin! Lyse ;-)
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Gotta read...
March 3rd, 2014
Highly recommemd! POWERFUL, EYE-OPENING and HUMBLING!
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Incredible Story....
February 15th, 2014
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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January 26th, 2014
What an eye opener! Great book if your wanting a detailed account of the Koreans camps.
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Awesome book
January 24th, 2014
An awesome for a read that is a person to like human rights
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January 23rd, 2014
Can you imagine a world without kindness, compassion or trust? Can you imagine having been born there with no memory or understanding of anything else? A heart breaking look at what happens when governments are not by the people and for the people. This young man is the same age as me, but at an age when I was finishing my first degree, he was crawling over the corpse of his only friend to escape from a political death camp. North Korea's "total control zones" are modern day Dachaus that you can go see on google earth, yet many people are unaware of their very existence. This book offers a powerful look at the dangers of living in nations run by rhetoric and idealogy. It is also ultimately a hopeful book as we see Shin Dong-hyuk's commitment to building a life for himself after enduring the unimaginable and his quest to raise awareness to the plight of political prisoners in North Korea.
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Heart wrenching
January 5th, 2014
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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Escape from camp 14
December 25th, 2013
Unbelievably raw and touching
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Very engaging.
December 1st, 2013
Once I start reading, I can't put the book down. May Shin will be able to overcome his psychological issue.
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Just finished Escape from Camp 14
October 17th, 2013
Sad touching book. Although a little chaotically written at times. Shin's story is worth reading about.
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October 5th, 2013
Good book
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A glimpse into an unknown horror
September 8th, 2013
A stark and riveting depiction of ongoing human atrocities in North Korea. As a riveting story I can only hope it will be read by millions so as to expose the existence of such camps to the world.
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Excellent Read
August 21st, 2013
Very gritty read. Outlines the price paid for life in such a horrible situation.
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Great book
July 26th, 2013
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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Utter Craziness
July 26th, 2013
What an incredible story! It is so hard to grasp the atrocities that Shin endured. Freedom is nothing to ever be taken for granted. A powerful eye opener of North Korea...god bless all the remaining souls still living entrapped in such a sadistic society of imprisonment.
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Escape from camp 14
May 8th, 2013
Good as a general read.
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Escape from camp 14
May 8th, 2013
Good as a general read.
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Escape from Camp 14
April 30th, 2013
Compelling. I had no idea ...
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