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Blaine Harden


Blaine Harden

Blaine Harden’s most recent book is ESCAPE FROM CAMP 14. An international bestseller translated into 27 languages, it’s the story of Shin Dong-hyuk, the only person born in a N. Korean prison camp to escape to the West. The book and Shin’s testimony pushed the United Nations to create a Commission of Inquiry, which concluded in 2014 that N. Korea’s has committed crimes against humanity. The commission has called for an international criminal trial.

ESCAPE won the 2112 Grand Prix de la Biographie Politique, a French literary award, and was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. It also inspired a segment about Shin on "60 Minutes."

Blaine is working on a second book about North Korea, and contributes to Foreign Policy and The Economist. For 28 years, he worked for The Washington Post as a correspondent in Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia, as well as in New York and Seattle. For four years, he was a local and national correspondent for The New York Times and a writer for the Times Magazine.

Blaine Harden

Books by Blaine Harden

by Blaine Harden - Biography, Current Affairs, Nonfiction
North Korea’s political prison camps have existed twice as long as Stalin’s Soviet gulags and 12 times as long as the Nazi concentration camps. No one born and raised in these camps is known to have escaped. No one, that is, except Shin Dong-hyuk. In ESCAPE FROM CAMP 14, Blaine Harden unlocks the secrets of the world’s most repressive totalitarian state through the story of Shin’s shocking imprisonment and his astounding getaway.