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Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West (Edition Book Club Edition) by Harden, Blaine [Hardcover(2012£©] Hardcover – 1994

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Viking Adult; 31709th edition (1994)
  • ASIN: B00BP0LPZI
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 10.4 x 5.2 inches
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #636,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By L. Gallo on December 22, 2013
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This book exposes the human rights disaster that is North Korea. It's the story of one man's amazing, miraculous journey to escape from the most oppressive government in the world. Born in captivity, he never knew of anything outside the walls of the prison camp. Read this book, you won't believe these atrocities are taking place right now - but they are. I know several North Korean defectors and their stories are all the same - unimaginable brutality upon humans. I hope this book wakes up the civilized world to step in and rescue these helpless people.
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By Jimmy Z on December 28, 2013
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Having spent a lot of time in South Korea and hearing stories from locals about the North, I found this book an interesting insight into the dark world of North Korea. With the worthless news reporting we now get here in America, reading something like this can help you get a true understanding of one of the worst places on the planet to be - North Korea. At some point the government there will fail and collapse. The big question is what to do when that happens. The world has never had a situation where there were millions of people so deeply brainwashed.
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A heartbreaking but heroic account of modern savagery , courage, hopes and fears. Hard to believe but sadly all too true
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By linda on December 4, 2013
One of the best books I've ever read. It will change how you view our freedom and how we take so it for granted oftentimes.
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By olelol on November 29, 2014
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An eye opening look into the spirit of Shin anda world no realizes still exists
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Amazing, compelling book. Couldn't put it down. Written through the eyes of a tortured soul, alongside an eye opening glimpse into North Korean's oppressive culture and history.
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Blaine Harden’s riveting, biography Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West is a story of life inside a North Korean Gulag. It is about a man, who goes by the name Shin Dong-hyuk, and the experience he has while living in a Korean internment camp. It is nothing but intriguing. Getting no further than the second chapter of Escape from Camp 14, a tragic story of our protagonist Shin Dong-hyuk, a six-year-old girl is beaten to death. Shin was in the girl's class when their teacher conducted a surprise search on his students. Five kernels of corn were found on the girl so she was ordered to the front of class only to brutally beat by the teacher. After having to watch in silence Shin and several other classmates picked her up and carried her home not far from the school. Later that night, she meets a cruel fate. She was never mentioned again, and the teacher was not punished.

Being born into a life of strenuous labor, unforgiving rivalries, and a nearly complete lack of human affection, Harden’s book is a definite thriller. But this isn’t fiction-it’s the biography of Shin Dong-hyuk. It received a four out of five star rating from Goodreads as well as four and a half out of five star rating from Barnes & Noble and myself. Even more, it is a scream in the dead of night and a call to action against a spiteful internment camp.

This camp, Camp 14, is where Blaine Harden’s Shin Dong-hyuk was born. He left no details out in his book and it is displayed when he discusses and describes such scenarios as people being tortured.
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A must have and a must archive book AND a book to share with others. We can learn much by this youth's experiences.
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