ESCAPE FROM CAMP 14: ONE MAN'S REMARKABLE ODYSSEY FROM NORTH KOREA TO FREEDOM IN THE WEST by Blaine Harden

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It was 2005. No one born and raised in a North Korean prison camp had ever escaped. That was about to change. In this New York Times bestseller, journalist Blaine Harden tells the story of Shin Dong-hyuk's ghastly experiences in bondage and miraculous escape to freedom. The book opened my eyes to many dehumanizing horrors occurring even as I type these words, and it impelled me to cry out to the God of astounding mercy and unflinching justice.
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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.

Book Specifications
Release date: 2013-03-26
Binding: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication date: 2013-03-26
Label: Penguin Books
Pages: 256
Edition: Reprint
ASIN: 0143122916
ISBN: 0143122916
Height: 770
Length: 500
Weight: 48
Width: 70
Product Group: Book