Escape from Camp 14 Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars
Escape from Camp 14 is a great book. Our editors rated it with a top 5 stars.
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Propaganda, too many lies.
By Comrade Liberation
Paid by imperialists.
Great and Fascinating Book!
This book makes me wonder if South Koreans were to walk through the camps of the North much like the Germans had to at the end of WWII, would they be moved to action.
A searing story of an escape, and a rare look into the gulags of North Korea
Much of what we know about the hermit kingdom that is North Korea comes from press reports. Many speculate because of the lack of insightful information about their dictatorship and closed society. Escape from Camp 14 breaks past the electrified barbed wire and offers a painful look into the horrifying world of the North Korean gulag told by one of two people ever to escape.
Along with Man's Search for Meaning, Escape from Camp 14 offers an understanding of life (if you want to call it that) in a concentration camp. It does not make for pleasant reading. But this book offers an understand g of the darkest recesses of the world, and shows the cruelty that sadistic humans can inflict.
I read this book in three days. What a riveting story and invaluable introspection into the human psyche - which we all share under the right circumstances. I count my blessings for my life fur but for the Grace of God go I.
This was eye-opening to the craziness that people are forced endure. There was never a boring moment and it was quite an easy and fluid read.
Everyone Should Read This
This book is more than heartbreaking, it's not just a sad story. It's a real story chronicling the painful life of Shin, a man born into a North Korean kwalliso, a prison camp. It goes into detail about the horrors he went through. For anybody who wants to know about what's going on in North Korea, this and the book Nothing To Envy. Don't even waste your time with that stupid movie The Interview.
A fantastic read
This book was an utterly amazing read. Giving people a gruesome insight of the world that surrounds them.
This book makes you understand life about North Korean prison camps for
both guards and prisoners. The book paints a picture about life in North Korea that many don't know about
Escape from Camp 14
I was able to read this book in one sitting and I really enjoyed it. Its tough to completely understand what he went through and how terrible the north Koreans really are. Its a shame that the world allows a country to get away with the same crimes as the Nazi’s during WWII. Shin’s story is one of few who have escaped to talk about the crimes committed and the journey it takes to escape the hell hole of north Korea. It’s sad that only in north Korea could a prison camp (concentration camp) escapee blind into the local population so well. I would recommend this book to everyone.
I read this book after I finished Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demrick. It is a tale of incredible survival against all odds. Shin is a heroic human and unbelievably lucky. The story is a glimpse into a COMPLETELY different world and mindset than the American way. I appreciate also how the author gave sufficient background and historical reference information to help the reader understand the context of the story. We should all be more aware of the longest standing, modern human rights tragedy of our planet. A fast read and highly recommended.