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The reluctant communist : my desertion, court-martial, and forty-year imprisonment in North Korea

Author: Charles Robert Jenkins; Jim Frederick
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
In January of 1965, 24-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 swapped in a prisoner exchange, sent back to the States and a short jail sentence. Instead he found himself in another sort of  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Personal narratives
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Named Person: Charles Robert Jenkins; Charles Robert Jenkins; Charles Robert Jenkins; Charles Robert Jenkins
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Robert Jenkins; Jim Frederick
ISBN: 9780520253339 0520253337 9780520259997 0520259998
OCLC Number: 163708627
Notes: "Japanese edition, To Tell the Truth (Kokuhaku, or Confession), was published by Kadokawa Shoten"--ECIP Dataview.
Description: xxxvi, 192 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Super Jenkins --
In the army, and across the DMZ --
Housemates --
Cooks, cadets, and wives --
Soga-san --
Friends and strangers --
Domestic life --
Hitomi's escape --
My escape --
Responsibility: Charles Robert Jenkins ; with Jim Frederick.
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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.  Read more...


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

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Perhaps defecting to North Korea was a bad idea.

by ebooksgirl (WorldCat user published 2012-12-16) Very Good Permalink

Even as you shake your head at the sheer idiocy of defecting to North Korea, to which Jenkins fully admits, there are moments to cheer for him as the underdog of the story.  When he's assigned to teach English classes...
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