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Escaping North Korea

Defiance and Hope in the World's Most Repressive Country

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This unique book provides a rare inside look into the hidden world of ordinary North Koreans. Mike Kim, one of the few Americans granted entry into the secretive "Hermit Kingdom," came to know the isolated country and its people intimately. His North Korean friends entrusted their secrets to him as for the first time they recounted their experiences enduring famine, sex-trafficking, and torture in the gulags. Kim also led refugees to asylum through Asia's six-thousand-mile underground railway, and he tells the inspirational stories of those who overcame tremendous adversity to escape the repressive regime of their homeland and make new lives. Kim now shares their stories in an unflinching narrative that exposes the truth about North Korea, stripping away the last veils that still shroud this brutal dictatorship.

From Publishers Weekly

Jun 23, 2008 – Kim chronicles his effort to lead North Korean refugees through the 6,000-mile underground railway through China in this exposé of the astonishing day-to-day realities of famine, religious oppression, torture and sexual abuse in the most secretive and impoverished member of the “axis of evil.” The author, a former missionary, spent four years at the China–North Korea border building shelters and orphanages, and his access to government officials, journalists, aid workers and hundreds of North Korean refugees provide him a unique vantage point from which to synthesize current research and policy on conditions in North Korea with affecting real-life testimonials. His intrepid effort to help four North Korean teenagers avoid arrest and repatriation on the journey from northern China to the British consulate in Shanghai is riveting, as is his insider knowledge of the perilous route refugees navigate across the borders of China, Laos and Thailand. The author’s compassion and astonishing ability to penetrate the “Hermit Kingdom” and lift its shroud of secrecy do much to ameliorate the book’s chief flaws, the clunky prose and occasionally amateurish conjecture and derivative political analysis.

Customer Reviews

Eye opening

Having immigrated from a communist country (former Soviet Union) myself, I thought there's nothing new or interesting this author could tell me. Was I wrong. I guess the fact that N. Korea has been a closed country for so long, we truly have no idea and can't imagine what is going on in there.

Escaping North Korea
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Politics & Current Events
  • Published: Jul 29, 2008
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
  • Seller: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group
  • Print Length: 256 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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