Escape From Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey From North Korea To Freedom In The West

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Escape From Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey From North Korea To Freedom In The West

by Blaine Harden

Viking Adult | April 3, 2012 | Hardcover

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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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 224 pages, 3.36 × 2.32 × 0.35 in

Published: April 3, 2012

Publisher: Viking Adult

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0670023329

ISBN - 13: 9780670023325

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Escape From Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey From North Korea To Freedom In The West

by Blaine Harden

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 224 pages, 3.36 × 2.32 × 0.35 in

Published: April 3, 2012

Publisher: Viking Adult

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0670023329

ISBN - 13: 9780670023325

From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

Blaine Harden is a contributor to The Economist and has formerly served as The Washington Post''s bureau chief in East Asia, Eastern Europe, and Africa. He is the author of Africa: Dispatches from a Fragile Continent and A River Lost: The Life and Death of the Columbia. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

From Our Editors

INDIGO SPOTLIGHT: Shin's experience is no typical prison story of unjust arrest, descent into barbaric survival, and redemptive liberation. He is a man born into the prison system and conditioned to snitch on his own family. When he escapes and wanders into the world, the deep flaws of his personality emerge. But, while Shin's difficult story is unique, his experience is not. He stands for the hundred thousand prisoners living in largely forgotten labour camps that have outlasted the Soviet gulag and have no celebrity champion. He speaks for the 25 million North Koreans living in a country stuck in a technological and political Cold War time-warp. He is only able to tell his story because he had the luck and courage to cross the camp wire. His harsh prison life and improbable journey to freedom is sometimes hard to read. Nevertheless, Shin's story challenges us to cast our eyes over the darker parts of the world and consider the fragile boundary between barbarity and humanity.

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"An unforgettable adventure story, a coming-of-age memoir of the worst childhood imaginable."-Slate
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