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King of Spies

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King of Spies by Blaine Harden
  • Hardcover $27.00

    Oct 03, 2017 | 272 Pages

  • Ebook $13.99

    Oct 03, 2017 | 288 Pages

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Praise for The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot:

“A fascinating retelling of a tale from the early years of the Cold War. . . . [an] artful narrative.” —The New York Times

“Blaine Harden has done more than anyone else to bring [North Korea] to a mass audience. . . . Thrilling stuff.” —The Washington Post

“By contrasting these emblematic figures [Kim Il-Sung and No Kum Sok], Mr. Harden has produced a riveting book that makes the history of North Korea accessible to the general reader.” —Wall Street Journal

“A gripping account of the battle fought in the skies and its lasting significance.” —The Economist

“An eminently readable picture of our most under-remembered war.” —The Daily Beast

“A gripping read.” —Financial Times

“[A] rigorously researched and entrancing tale of the Korean War.” —Los Angeles Review of Books

“Skillfully crafted.” —The Washington Times

Praise for Escape From Camp 14:

“Harden’s book, besides being a gripping story, unsparingly told, carries a freight of intelligence about this black hole of a country.” —Bill Keller, The New York Times

“A remarkable story, [Escape from Camp 14] is a searing account of one man’s incarceration and personal awakening in North Korea’s highest-security prison.” —The Wall Street Journal

“[Shin’s] tale becomes even more gripping after his unprecedented journey . . . after he realizes that he has been raised as something less than human. He gradually, haltingly—and, so far, with mixed success—sets out to remake himself as a moral, feeling human being.” —Fred Hiatt, The Washington Post

“A riveting new biography . . . If you want a singular perspective on what goes on inside the rogue regime, then you must read [this] story.  It’s a harrowing tale of endurance and courage, at times grim but ultimately life-affirming.” —CNN

“As an action story, the tale of Shin’s breakout and flight is pure The Great Escape, full of feats of desperate bravery and miraculous good luck. As a human story it is gut wrenching; if what he was made to endure, especially that he was forced to view his own family merely as competitors for food, was written in a movie script, you would think the writer was overreaching. But perhaps most important is the light the book shines on an under-discussed issue, an issue on which the West may one day be called into account for its inactivity.” —The Daily Beast

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