Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden
Shin Dong-Hyuk was born and raised in one of North Korea’s not-so-secret labor camps. These camps are typically reserved for political dissidents and their offspring, and being sent to one is a death sentence. Inmates live in deplorable conditions and are literally worked to death. Shin endured more than two decades of starvation, hard labor, and torture before escaping to China on foot. He eventually made his way to South Korea and then to the United States—one of only a handful of people to have successfully escaped one of North Korea’s infamous camps.
In Escape from Camp 14, Shin sheds light on the greatest human rights violation since Nazi Germany’s death camps. There are a lot of interesting facts in this book. For example, it’s considered a waste to indoctrinate labor camp inmates because it’s expected they will die anyways. Blaine Harden lends his considerable writing skills to the narrative, making it an intensely readable account of a incredible escape.