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.