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
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520253337

ISBN-13: 9780520253339

Pub. Date: 03/25/2008

Publisher: University of California Press


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

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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.

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)

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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