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Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West


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ISBN13: 9780670023325
ISBN10: 0670023329
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jamarmn, January 4, 2013 (view all comments by jamarmn)
Virtually no one escapes from North Korea and especially not from one of their prison camps, but this young man did. And he tells his story of his life. Life in the prison camp is so bizarre you think you were reading a cross between science fiction and an account of the Holocaust.
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gregorywadebrown, August 5, 2012 (view all comments by gregorywadebrown)
I knew North Korea was a backwards country, but I didn't know it was this backwards! Crazy.
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Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com, July 27, 2012 (view all comments by Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com)
Shin Dong-hyuk is the only person known to escape from a political prison camp in North Korea after having been born and raised there. His story as told by Blaine Harden in Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West is extraordinary not only for the picture it paints of life inside the camp, but for the unlikely way Shin escaped and found his way to China, South Korea, and the U.S.

Indeed some of his stories of life inside the camp are so extreme that it’s hard to believe any human could endure life there for long periods of time, much less survive from infancy to adulthood. Shin was rewarded for snitching, his mother meant nothing to him except as a competitor for food, prisoners were killed for small infractions, and children were sometimes beaten to death. Recognizing that readers may be incredulous, Harden cites similar stories told by other prisoners who have escaped other camps over the years. He also details the ways he has endeavored to verify Shin’s story and ways he cannot.

As much as the story is Shin’s, it is also about North Korea and how its isolation from the world community has affected the people who live there. Escape from Camp 14 is not an easy book to read. It is shocking and at times gut wrenching to learn about why people are put in political camps and the conditions they endure there. And you can’t help but imagine the day-to-day struggle Shin faces in a world alien to the one he was raised in. But it’s an important book that will give you faith in the human spirit as well as a new perspective on North Korea every time it pops up in the news. I recommend it for ages 16 and up.

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Harden, Blaine
Talty, Stephan
Kim, Joseph
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
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Grade Level:
from 12
16-pp bandw insert; 2 maps
9 x 6 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 288 pages Viking Books - English 9780670023325 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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, the only known person born into one of North Korea's secretive prison labor camps who has managed to escape and now lives in the U.S. Harden structures Shin's horrific experience — which includes witnessing the execution of his brother and sister after their escape plan is discovered — around an examination of the role that political imprisonment and forced labor play in North Korea and the country's fraught relationship with its economically prosperous neighbors South Korea and China While Shin eventually succeeds in escaping North Korea's brutal dictatorship, adjusting to his new life proves to be extraordinarily difficult, and he wrestles with his complicity in the atrocities of his past — he informed on his mother and other brother, which led to their execution. 'I was more faithful to the guards than to my family. We were each other's spies,' he confesses. Harden wisely avoids depicting the West as a panacea for Shin's trauma, instead leaving the reader to wonder whether Shin will ever be able to reconcile his past with the present. Harden notes both the difficulty of obtaining information about daily existence in North Korea and of fact-checking such information (including Shin's own version of events), and the book's brevity may leave readers wanting more from this brisk, brutal, sorrowful read." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , An inspirational memoir chronicling the life of Joseph Kim, who not only survived and escaped the devastating famine in North Korea as an abandoned young boy, but made it to the United States and is now thriving in college here.
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From the bestselling author of Escape from Camp 14, the murderous rise of North Koreaand#8217;s founding dictator and the fighter pilot who faked him out

In The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot, New York Times bestselling author Blaine Harden tells the riveting story of how Kim Il Sung grabbed power and plunged his country into war against the United States while the youngest fighter pilot in his air force was playing a high-risk game of deceptionand#151;and escape.

As Kim ascended from Soviet puppet to godlike ruler, No Kum Sok noisily pretended to love his Great Leader. That is, until he swiped a Soviet MiG-15 and delivered it to the Americans, not knowing they were offering a $100,000 bounty for the warplane (the equivalent of nearly one million

dollars today). The theftand#151;just weeks after the Korean War ended in July 1953and#151;electrified the world and incited Kimand#8217;s bloody vengeance.

During the Korean War the United States brutally carpet bombed the North, killing hundreds of thousands of civilians and giving the Kim dynasty, as Harden reveals, the fact-based narrative it would use to this day to sell paranoia and hatred of Americans.

Drawing on documents from Chinese and Russian archives about the role of Mao and Stalin in Kimand#8217;s shadowy rise, as well as from neverbefore- released U.S. intelligence and interrogation files, Harden gives us a heart-pounding escape adventure and an entirely new way to understand the worldand#8217;s longest-lasting totalitarian state.

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A searing story of starvation and survival in North Korea, followed by a dramatic escape, rescue by activists and Christian missionaries, and success in the United States thanks to newfound faith and courage

Inside the hidden and mysterious world of North Korea, Joseph Kim lived a young boy’s normal life until he was five. Then disaster struck: the first wave of the Great Famine, a long, terrible ordeal that killed millions, including his father, and sent others, like his mother and only sister, on desperate escape routes into China. Alone on the streets, Joseph learned to beg and steal. He had nothing but a street-hardened survival instinct. Finally, in desperation, he too crossed a frozen river to escape to China.

There a kindly Christian woman took him in, kept him hidden from the authorities, and gave him hope. Soon, through an underground network of activists, he was spirited to the American consulate, and became one of just a handful of North Koreans to be brought to the U.S. as refugees. Joseph knew no English and had never been a good student. Yet the kindness of his foster family changed his life.  He turned a new leaf, became a dedicated student, mastered English, and made it to college, where he is now thriving thanks to his faith and inner strength. Under the Same Sky is an unforgettable story of suffering and redemption.

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