The Reluctant Communist

The Reluctant Communist

My Desertion, Court-Martial, and Forty-Year Imprisonment in North Korea

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"In January of 1965, twenty-four-year-old U.S. Army sergeant Charles Robert Jenkins abandoned his post in South Korea, walked across the DMZ, and surrendered to communist North Korean soldiers standing sentry along the world's most heavily militarized border. He believed his action would get him back to the States and a short jail sentence. Instead he found himself in another sort of prison, where for forty years he suffered under one of the most brutal and repressive regimes the world has known. This fast-paced, harrowing tale, told plainly and simply by Jenkins (with journalist Jim Frederick), takes the reader behind the North Korean curtain and reveals the inner workings of its isolated society while offering a powerful testament to the human spirit."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : University of California Press, 2008
Edition: 1
ISBN: 9780520934283
Characteristics: 1 online resource (232 pages)

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Manateestarz Jun 27, 2016

A truly fascinating look at life in the secretive Hermit Kingdom by an American who was stuck in North Korea from 1965-2004. The journalist who worked with Jenkins did a great job of capturing the country boy twang in the defector's voice. C.R's story surely is a crazy one. He basically crossed the DMZ when he was drunk one night hoping that he would spend a few months in North Korea and would be negotiated for by the U.S. Something similar had happened to American GIs who ended up in East Germany. Boy, was he wrong.
Thus starts an amazing story of kidnappings and propaganda and political minders(jailers).The reader will learn all sorts of stuff here. For example, who knew that the North Koreans went out of their way to set up fake employment agencies in Lebanon, of all places, so that they could kidnap Lebanese wives for foreigners stuck in North Korea. That is crazy.
A really great read and worthy of much discussion

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