Escape From Camp 14
One Man's Remarkable Odyssey From North Korea To Freedom In The West
by Blaine Harden
This account of one man, Shin Dong-hyuk and his life, survival, and escape from one of DPRK's harshest prison camps is likely to be the hardest account you'll read. The reason for this is because Mr. Shin was born in Camp 14. This unique perspective and rare testimony is what adds to and solidifies its particular difficulty. So far, from what I know, there hasn't been any other story from such an escapee who was born in this type of camp.
I would highly recommend this book for anyone interested in the plight of the North Korean people. It was quite eye-opening to get a chance to observe from an outside perspective, the struggles of refugees adapting to life outside of not only a prison camp, but of North Korea itself. Paranoia is probably the largest obstacle faced by these survivors, since inside those borders paranoia is a key to survival.
I got through this book within just a few days. Not only because of it's relative brevity, but more so because it was just such an enrapturing read.