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.--from Amazon.com
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