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

Penguin Books | March 26, 2013 | Trade Paperback

Escape From Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey From North Korea To Freedom In The West is rated 4.5294 out of 5 by 17.
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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 pages, 7.8 × 5.2 × 0.61 in

Published: March 26, 2013

Publisher: Penguin Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143122916

ISBN - 13: 9780143122913

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Must Read! I liked this book because it opened my eyes to a world we are not well educated about. To know that people are living through a current day Holocaust is unbearable. This story gives us more of an insight about what goes on within the North Korean boarders, and the struggles all people face daily. Please read to educate yourself!
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from There's No Escaping this Novel Wow. I don't even know where to start or how to express how I feel after reading this novel. We all know North Korea is a secluded and scary country that no one really gets into or out of. Well, this novel describes Chin, who made it out, of one of the prison camps, no less. It is hard to read what Chin went through in these camps, how was raised, how he lived and even how he thought. This novel is a quick read, very short and to the point with no lengthy political discourse. I think it is an important novel for people to read to understand how lucky we really are and how much of a threat North Korea really is.
Date published: 2014-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG!!!!!! I was given this book as a Christmas present, and just got around to reading it. Came across this book totally by accident one day in Chapters. I was completely absorbed in this story by chapter one, and it took me about 6 hours to finish it. What an incredible story of human resilience in the face of such evil, that unbelievably exists today. I must say there were times I had to put this book down. I find it incredible that I had difficulty just reading this story, how Shin ever lived this horror is beyond comprehension. My heart goes out to Shin and the hundreds of thousands of people still prisoners in these camps. It is horrible to think that I and other good people like myself are part of the "human race" whose treatment of other human beings is nothing less than abhorrent. I really had no idea that this is still going on today. I learned so much from this book, but mostly about great courage and a will to live. I will never understand how anyone who suffered as Shin did, could ever recover. I will not forget this story for a very long time, if ever.
Date published: 2014-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Book I first borrowed this book from my local library and then found out that the author Blaine Harden was going to be interviewed at the Toronto Reference Library. I bought my own copy which he very kindly signed for me. I have now read the book twice and it is a harrowing story of survival against the odds. A must read. It is nice to know that Shin is doing well and now living and working in South Korea.
Date published: 2014-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I'm not much on reviews, but I can definitely say that this is a great book. I've been wanting to read it for awhile and when I finally got around to doing so, I was very pleased. I wish the best for Shin and his future. This book outlines some of the worst aspects of humanity. It can boggle the mind that things like this can happen behind closed doors.
Date published: 2014-04-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hauntingly Important Read! The story of Shin Dong-Hyuk takes you right into one of North Korea's most horrifying prison camps that make the Holocaust seem like a spring vacation. Human life is disposable. Human feeling unheard of. Trust even between a mother and her son does not exist. Love is impossible. What was most scary for me, was truly coming to terms with this place where I could understand how and why Shin made the decisions he did. And I question my own moral integrity were I to be in the same place... To read more of my review check-out my blog: charliebooks.blogspot.ca
Date published: 2014-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eye opening! I purchased this because it was on sale....loved it. Such a sad true life story. To imagine that these kind of events are still happening in today's world....mind blowing. I read this in 2 days, then discussed it openly with my 8 1/2 year old son, because I think it's important to understand how good we really have it. Read, read read!!! Everyone should read this !
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read! Very interesting to have insight into how life is in Camp 14 and North Korea. Worth reading.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Most Extraordinary Book I could not put this book down from the moment I started to read the very first page it certainly is an eye opener what is going on in labour camps in North Korea. The hardships and abuse the women, men and children encountered each and everyday of their lives in order to survive. Shin is a remarkable man having the courage to escape and start a new life for himself. This book will truly drags your soul down to the unbelieveable evil and cruelty that man can force upon another human being.
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Indeed, an incredible history of survival. It is a shame that such an horror still exists in a world that call itself "civilized".
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reality check From reading the description and reviews, I felt this book would shed a light on the brutal conditions of North Korea and to its people. After reading the first couple of chapters, I sensed that Shin was sort of holding back on revealing too much information for fear and lack of trust. I can understand this and Blaine does a good job in writing in words what can truly be unimaginable to see in real life. To go into detail about his upbringing in the camp to his escape shows just how much one man can go through in his early life. I recommend anyone to read this as it shows not only how one person escaped "hell", but how he struggles to exist in the real world as well.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Remarkable and Sad Highly recommended to foreign-born Koreans and anyone interested in learning about North Korea. This is the side of North Korea that the world does not see... this book is the story of someone so courageous that his picture is on the front and his life may now be in danger. A page-turner, couldn't put it down and finished in a day.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Incredible Head shaking, eye opening, incredible that this happened in our lifetime. Sad really.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Escape From Camp 14 "Escape From Camp 14", a book written by Blaine Harden about the experiences of Shin Dong-hyuk, unexpectedly caught my eye while browsing the shelves in a bookstore. For years I had been quickly growing an interest in South Korean culture, and naturally, had become vaguely aware of the issues surrounding its neighbouring country, North Korea. I was curious, and this curiosity was what prompted me to buy the book. The place described in this story, a prison camp within a country often described as a prison itself, was beyond anything I could imagine. To think that, there exists today, places comparable to the Nazi concentration camps was an outrageous notion, but Harden's facts and Shin's powerful story never made me doubt it for a moment. You will learn many things from reading this book, many of them unknown to the general person. It will make you cringe, gasp, curl your lip in anger, hold your breath in suspense, and probably even cry. It will open your eyes to the fact that although globalization is prominent in the world and media can be counted on to report news stories found both locally and globally, there are still things happening in this world that the majority of us are unaware of. Things that breach countless human rights in the most horrible ways possible. Things that must be stopped. Although Shin is the only known person whom can claim to have been born and raised in a North Korean prison camp, and to have escaped, his story will hopefully be an awakening to the world, prompting them to do something about this horrible reality. All Shin has is his story, the life he was given to live and the memories that still haunt him today, but by sharing it with us, using the words of Blaine Harden, he has also given hope to those he left behind; those who still remain in the prison camp he had once called home. Read this book and increase that hope.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Eye-Opening to the Grim Realities I found this book to be an absolutely amazing read. Harden did an amazing job of supplementing Shin's narrative with hard-line facts derived from various sources. Included is information on various psychological studies and surveys by both governments and NGOs on the status of North Korea and it's inhabitants. What I really enjoyed was that Harden didn't spend his words trying to convince you to like Shin. The story was what the story was, and he didn't introduce his own feelings towards the subject into Shin's words. The reality is that Shin doesn't come across as a person deserving of rescue. Oftentimes Harden brings you into Shin's psyche and you will find something inherently selfish and undesirable about him. In the end, Shin is presented to you as a real person with both good and bad qualities. Harden doesn't attempt to explain Shin's mental state or attitudes himself, instead he brings in scientific and documented information and leaves the rest up to you. This in my opinion, is how non-fiction should be written. What really stood out to me was the uniqueness of this story. As you will learn from the synopsis, Shin is the only person ever known to have been born and raised fully in North Korea's labour camps. His story is inherently different from any others you may have read before. The world he presents illustrates something very different from what you may have assumed from North Korea, that everybody is brainwashed and foolishly loyal to a regime because they have forgotten all else. Be prepared as not everything in the book is easily digested, but it is definitely worth reading.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a book! This book truly gives the leader an inside look at the treatment of prisoners within North Korea's concentration camps. Although the events described in the book are hard to follow, it sheds light on what has been going on inside the hermit kingdom for over 50 years. I definitely recommend this read to anyone who is an advocate for human rights.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow! 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 II 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. Blaine 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 unequaled inside account of one of the world’s darkest nations. It is a tale of endurance and courage, survival and hope. This is one piece of non-fiction that I won’t soon forget.
Date published: 2013-12-23

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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: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 pages, 7.8 × 5.2 × 0.61 in

Published: March 26, 2013

Publisher: Penguin Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143122916

ISBN - 13: 9780143122913

About the Book

The heart-wrenching "New York Times"-bestseller about the only known person born inside a North Korean prison camp to have escaped. Harden unlocks the secrets of the world's most repressive totalitarian state through the story of Shin's shocking imprisonment and his astounding getaway.

From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

Blaine Harden is a reporter for PBS''s FRONTLINE and a contributor to the Economist, and has 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.

Editorial Reviews

“With a protagonist born into a life of backbreaking labor, cutthroat rivalries, and a nearly complete absence of human affection, Harden’s book reads like a dystopian thriller. But this isn’t fiction—it’s the biography of Shin Dong-hyuk.” —Publishers Weekly
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