The Reluctant Communist: My Desertion, Court-Martial, and Forty-Year Imprisonment in North Korea / Edition 1

The Reluctant Communist: My Desertion, Court-Martial, and Forty-Year Imprisonment in North Korea / Edition 1

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by Charles Robert Jenkins, Jim Frederick
     
 


"This story by Robert Jenkins of his four decades in North Korea represents a rare opportunity to view life in one of the most reclusive societies in the world, offering unprecedented insights for both specialists and the general reader."—Robert Scalapino, University of California, Berkeley

"This is an incredible story of betrayal, love and the search for

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"This story by Robert Jenkins of his four decades in North Korea represents a rare opportunity to view life in one of the most reclusive societies in the world, offering unprecedented insights for both specialists and the general reader."—Robert Scalapino, University of California, Berkeley

"This is an incredible story of betrayal, love and the search for redemption. Robert Jenkins is a modern-day Robinson Crusoe, isolated from the outside world, and relying on his wits to survive in a nightmarish parody of a nation where nothing is as it seems. Living in constant fear and violence, Jenkins's efforts to grow food, dig a well, heat his home, generate electricity and to find companionship, trust and ultimately love, lend this rough and ready narrative an unexpected depth. Set within the bizarre and Orwellian surroundings of North Korea during the late 20th century, Jenkins's account is like no other I've ever read."—Jasper Becker, author of Rogue Regime: The Continuing Threat of North Korea

"Charles Jenkins' memoir is a genuinely unique account of the only American ever to live in North Korea for most of his life and return to write about it. Part biography, part eyewitness testimony, part apology, this book takes Mr. Jenkins from a childhood in the segregated South to a U.S. Army ruling the roost in South Korea in the 1950s, to a North Korea that saw him as a real-life Martian, but a valuable one for use in Cold War propaganda."—Bruce Cummings, Chairman of the History Department at the University of Chicago

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520253339
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
03/25/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.63(d)

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Table of Contents

Photo section follows     76
Foreword     ix
Acknowledgments     xxxv
Prelude     1
Super Jenkins     4
In the Army, and across the DMZ     13
Housemates     27
Cooks, Cadets, and Wives     59
Soga-san     77
Friends and Strangers     102
Domestic Life     121
Hitomi's Escape     136
My Escape     153
Homecomings     181

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