Escape from Camp 14: one man's remarkable odyssey from North Korea to freedom in the west

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The shocking story of one of the few people born in a North Korean political prison to have escaped and survivedNorth 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 Dong-hyuk 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.
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subject_facet Concentration camps -- Korea (North), Forced labor -- Korea (North), Korea (North) -- Social conditions, Political prisoners -- Korea (North) -- Biography, Shin, Dong-hyuk
title_display Escape from Camp 14 : one man's remarkable odyssey from North Korea to freedom in the west
title_full Escape from Camp 14 : one man's remarkable odyssey from North Korea to freedom in the west / Blaine Harden, Escape from Camp 14 One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West, Escape from Camp 14 [electronic resource] : one man's remarkable odyssey from North Korea to freedom in the west / Blaine Harden
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title_sub one man's remarkable odyssey from North Korea to freedom in the west
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