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Escape from Camp 14
Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West | Blaine Harden
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Now with a new forewordA New York Times bestseller, the shocking story of one of the few people born in a North Korean political prison to have escaped and survived. 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.
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Crimson613
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#TIL that part of Shin's story about Camp 14 are untrue. Harden goes over this (and other) problem(s) at the start of the book. There's always the chance of memory deteriorating, being selective, or of fake memories. Still, I believe the fact that #concentrationcamps exist is alarming, good things never happen in them but it does make me wonder, what parts are true and false? #nonfiction #northkorea #biography

#nfnov @clwojick #rsteve388

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Crimson613
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I don't think I captured the right one but #TIL that #concentrationcamps still exist and are not just something we learn about in #history books. TIL that I can google map at least two in #NorthKorea. TIL that thousands of #political "enemies" are being kept here, some even born in them, where they grow up in a ruthless society with no hope of escape or knowledge of the "outside" world

This is MESSED UP ??

#nfnov @Clwojick @rsteve388

Clwojick 😤😤😤😤 agreed! That is messed up. 3mo
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Crimson613
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To continue the #nfnov bingo, I went with this one for #biography! Libby had a ton of autobiographies available but not many bios. And of the few, this one looked interesting #nonfiction #northkorea #camp14

@Clwojick @rsteve388

sblbooks I read this one last year. It was soooo good. 3mo
Crimson613 @sblbooks it is really good! it makes me want to read up more about these camps, i can't believe it's something so current :( 3mo
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Pickpick

Remind me never to step foot in North Korea. A harrowing account of growing up in prison camps, where people experience the worst of conditions and learn to inform on each other at a very early age. Each human is expendable. The information on the country‘s policies (outside of the camps) was informative and I‘m glad to know more about the country. More needs to be done to address human rights violations in that country.

Crazeedi I've seen this man, what a brave soul , such horrific conditions (edited) 6mo
Suet624 @Crazeedi No way!! You have?? His life and his feelings of guilt were so sad. 6mo
Crazeedi @Suet624 he was interviewed on a station 6mo
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Books_n_Whatnot
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“When it comes to making money, North Korea is an utter waste of time. South Korea‘s economy is 38 times larger than the North‘s; its international trade volume is 224 times larger.”

The inevitable collapse of the Kim regime will end a humanitarian crisis but accentuates the current economic chaos. Who is responsible for paying the bills?

Lauram This sounds VERY interesting. 13mo
Books_n_Whatnot @Lauram this chapter particularly had some good info on the international opinions surrounding NK 13mo
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Books_n_Whatnot
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“North Korea‘s political prison camps have existed twice as long as Stalin‘s Soviet gulags and twelves Times as long as the Nazi concentration camps.”

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Books_n_Whatnot
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Mehso-so

A gut-wrenching story retold in a news report style. Definitely worth the read as it publicizes some of the atrocities of the North Korean regime. I think it should be noted, however, that Shin has significantly modified his story a couple times over the years. The first edit is noted in the book, and the second occurred in 2015, after publication. None of his versions (true or not) distract from the horrors of the NK political prisoner camps.

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hgrimes
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He loves showing off for Litsy. #catsoflitsy

Libby1 😻 1y
LauraJ I want to hug him! 1y
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lonelybluenights
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Reading again. #readingatwork

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emilyhaldi
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These books tell a very #raw story of life in North Korea that is shocking yet true. I can't help but be fascinated (and horrified) by any book on this subject.
#fallintobooks

Laura317 Me too! I follow a photographer on instagram that goes to the DRPK - I know he has a handler, but it is fascinating. 2y
Nerdfins Nothing to Envy was so well written and gives amazing insight on life in NK. I recommend it to anyone who wants to read up on it. 2y
Reviewsbylola They sound fascinating. 2y
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JenReadsAlot I own both but haven't read either! 2y
Blaire If you like those and are interested in more on North Korea - I thought was amazing. 2y
Suet624 Just starting to listen to this book. Holy moly. :*( 6mo
emilyhaldi It‘s wild!!! @Suet624 and unfathomable... truth really is stranger than fiction in this case. 6mo
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mrsmarch
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When you low key snap a photo of the book a mom at the bookstore was looking for because it's required reading for the local high school. 📚

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jdtchicago

Like Nazi camps, labor camps in North Korea use confinement, hunger and fear to create a kind of Skinner box: a closed, closely regulated chamber in which guards assert absolute control over prisoners. Yet while Auschwitz existed for only 3 years, Camp 14 is a 50 year old Skinner box, an ongoing longitudinal experiment in repression and mind control in which guards breed prisoners whom they control, isolate and pit against each other from birth.

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jdtchicago

Most North Koreans are sent to camps without any judicial process, and many die there without learning the charges against them. They are taken from their homes, usually at night, by the Bowibu, the National Security Agency. Guilt by association is legal. A wrongdoer is often imprisoned with his parents and children. Kim II Sung laid down the law in 1972: Enemies of class, whoever they are, their seed must be eliminated through three generations.

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jdtchicago

About sixty percent of Shin‘s class was assigned to the coal mines, where accidental death from cave-ins, explosions, and gas poisonings was common. Many miners developed black lung disease after ten to fifteen years of working underground. Most miners died in their forties, if not before. As Shin understood it, an assignment in the mines was a death sentence.

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jdtchicago

9. Prisoners must genuinely repent of their errors. Anyone who does not acknowledge his sins and instead denies them or carries a deviant opinion of them will be shot immediately.

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jdtchicago

In a media culture that feeds on celebrity, no movie star, no pop idol, no Nobel Prize winner stepped forward to demand that outsiders invest emotionally in a distant issue that lacks good video. “Tibetans have the Dalai Lama and Richard Gere, Burmese have Aung San Suu Kyi, Darfurians have Mia Farrow and George Clooney,” Suzanne Scholte, a long-time activist who brought camp survivors to Washington, told me. North Koreans have no one like that.

Suet624 This book looks like a very tough read. 3y
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jdtchicago

I escaped physically. I haven't escaped psychologically.

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jdtchicago

I am evolving from being an animal. But it is going very, very slowly. Sometime I try to cry and laugh like other people, just to see if it feels like anything. Yet tears don't come. Laughter doesn't come.

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jdtchicago

High School students in America debate why President Roosevelt didn't bomb the rail lines to Hitler's camps. Their children may ask, a generation from now, why the West stared at far clearer satellite images of Kim Jong Il's camps, and did nothing.

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underthetome
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Nitabasu
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Pickpick

People get hung up on the facts or the lack of historical knowledge Shin has. But the fact of the matter is, Shin's journey and experience escaping the NK labor camps is nothing short of horrifying and inspiring.

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BookishRedhead
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Mehso-so

Didn't grip me like other books on North Korea. I kept in mind that it's not that accurate.

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Vexingcircumstance
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My first day of the library book sale haul. Season 1 and 3 of What's New Scooby Doo, Season 2 of Get Smart, Hawaiian Legends of Ghosts and Ghost Gods, Colorado Kid - Stephen King, Mama's Bank Account - Kathryn Forbes, Escape From Camp 14 - Blaine Harden, Life After Death - Damien Echols, dirtcandy a cookbook - Amanda Cohen and Ryan Dunlavey. It was all $19. I'll get more next weekend for sure and maybe tomorrow. #librarybooksales

rubyslippersreads Haven't read it in years, but I remember loving 3y
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izah.ahmad
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Mehso-so

3 out of 5 because some parts are inaccurate

Martta Did you ever find out which parts were the inaccurate ones? 3y
izah.ahmad @Martta well his mother and brother were executed in Camp 18 not Camp 14, and he was 20 not 13 when he escaped . So basically he didn't spent his entire time in Camp 14 though. The author said there are few more adjustment so he created another book instead altering the existing one 3y
Martta I see. Good to know when I start reading that. 3y
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izah.ahmad
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Ok, i am currently halfway reading this.

Now I don't know whether I should continue reading this "non-fiction" book ?

Martta This is good to know. It's one of the books in my TBR list. 3y
izah.ahmad @Martta Was so excited reading this book due to its legitimacy to North Korea, well let's see what the next book will be 3y
Martta I've got several North Korea books waiting on my bookself. Somehow they seem very interesting after reading Nothing to envy. 3y
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izah.ahmad @Martta this is my first book on North Korea, guess need to find another one after this mishaps 3y
Martta Try "Nothing to envy". I thought it was really good. 3y
izah.ahmad @Martta will do look for the book. Thank you once again for the recommendation 😁 3y
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izah.ahmad
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Was looking for this book almost a year at local bookstores but no luck.

But then there is a leprechaun with this book in her pot, willing to sell me at a bargain price of 10.

I iz happy. I iz content. And I shall start reading this now.

Goodnight people!

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Pickpick

Wow, intense and so good. It was all the more riveting when I realized that Shin and I are the same age...I just...I can't even imagine how it's possible to get through life born into a NK concentration camp, where you barely even know about Kim Jong-il and Jong-un, much less escape and try to adjust to the rest of the world. This world, people. This world.

This is only 5.5 hours and available on Hoopla. I need to be with other humans now though.

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LindsayReads
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#audiopuzzling in stark contrast to a book on escaping concentration camps in North Korea. 😯 (But this book is really good!)

LeahBergen I've heard this one is really good! 3y
LauraBrook Love that puzzle - might have to buy it for myself! 3y
SuperPunkNinja Puzzle! 😍😍😍 3y
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LindsayReads @LeahBergen It was fantastic! 3y
LindsayReads @LauraBrook It was a fun one...lots of funky pieces. 3y
LindsayReads @McShelfington My library circulates puzzles! The most ingenious idea ever! 3y
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BookishRedhead
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My North Korea collection

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BookishRedhead
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Giving this one another go

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BookishRedhead
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Not getting as hooked in this one like Hyeonseo Lee and Yeonmi Parks books.
Not giving up though

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CareBear
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Heading out for the night but listened to this audiobook on the way!! #24in48

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CareBear
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Heading out for the night but listened to this audiobook on the way!! #24in48

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mahsamahjoob
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Pickpick

amazing!amazing and amazing! فرار از اردوگاه ١٤

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Daniellesbooks1
Pickpick

This was an incredibly interesting story about a man who was born, raised and later escaped from a North Korean labor camp. It wasn't just about his physical journey but also his mental and psychological journey in the camp and adjusting to life outside of it. A must read!

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