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Escape From Camp 14 by Blaine Harden


Monday, January 14, 2013 - 7:00pm


Toronto Reference Library

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Journalist Blaine Harden discusses his new book Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West. With Brian Stewart, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs.

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Escape From Camp 14 by Blaine Harden

Escape From Camp 14 by Blaine Harden

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.

Blaine Harden is a reporter for PBS Frontline and a contributor to The Economist. He has formerly served as The Washington Post's bureau chief in East Asia, Eastern Europe, and Africa; he also worked as national correspondent for The New York Times and as a writer for the Times magazine. He is the author of Africa: Dispatches from a Fragile Continent and A River Lost: The Life and Death of the Columbia.