Harden, Blaine

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Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West

Harden’s stunning account of Shin’s life reflects the courage and strength of one man who escaped brutal captivity in hopes of a better life.

Murder at the Mission: A Frontier Killing, Its Legacy of Lies, and the Taking of the American West

Harden succeeds in bringing often-forgotten history front and center. A well-written, fast-paced account that is highly recommended to all readers.

King of Spies: The Dark Reign of America's Spymaster in Korea

For readers interested in Korea, the Korean War, or U.S. intelligence operations, this is a must-read. Harden raises troubling questions about U.S. conduct in the Korean War.

The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot: The True Story of the Tyrant Who Created North Korea and the Young Lieutenant Who Stole His Way to Freedom

An enjoyable read that is highly recommended for those interested in Cold War or North Korean history, or for anyone who likes a strong narrative. Readers who enjoy this book might also appreciate No Kum-Sok's A MiG-15 to Freedom.

Escape from Camp 14

Following Shin's story from North Korea to China to South Korea and eventually to the States and connecting it to the larger story of North Korea's dictatorship and culture, Harden (who has met Shin several times since 2008) tells a gripping story. Readers learn of Shin's gradual discovery of the world at large, nonadversarial human relationships, literature, and hope—and the struggles ahead. A book that all adults should read.

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