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The Reluctant Communist

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

Charles Robert Jenkins Jim Frederick

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University of California Press
03 April 2009
Autobiography: historical, political & military; Asian history; History of the Americas; Postwar 20th century history, from c 1945 to c 2000; Prisoners of war
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. ]
By:   Charles Robert Jenkins, Jim Frederick
Imprint:   University of California Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 210mm,  Width: 140mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   272g
ISBN:   9780520259997
ISBN 10:   0520259998
Pages:   232
Publication Date:   03 April 2009
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Foreword Acknowledgments Prelude 1. Super Jenkins 2. In the Army, and across the DMZ 3. Housemates 4. Cooks, Cadets, and Wives 5. Soga-san 6. Friends and Strangers 7. Domestic Life 8. Hitomi's Escape 9. My Escape 10. Homecomings

Charles Robert Jenkins is a former United States Army soldier who lived in North Korea from 1965 to 2004. He now lives in Japan. Jim Frederick was Time magazine's Tokyo bureau chief from 2002 to 2006 and is now a Time senior editor stationed in London.

Reviews for The Reluctant Communist: My Desertion, Court-Martial, and Forty-Year Imprisonment in North Korea

One of the most important and devastating accounts of life inside a totalitarian society. Commentary


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