The Hard Road Out: One Woman’s Escape From North Korea by Jihyun Park is a riveting memoir that recounts the author’s incredible journey of survival and resilience. Park escaped from North Korea twice, facing starvation, slavery, torture, and separation from her loved ones. She eventually made it to Mongolia, where she was granted asylum and reunited with her son. The book is a candid and courageous account of the horrors of life under a totalitarian regime, as well as the power of hope and human dignity. Park’s story is not only a personal testimony, but also a call for action and awareness on the plight of North Korean refugees. The book is a must-read for anyone interested in human rights, geopolitics, and the human spirit.

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