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

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  • Contributor: Frederick, Jim

    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. While both the United States and North Korea would insist that Jenkins had defected for political reasons, the truth, as we learn in this riveting autobiography, was more mundane: he was scared, drunk, and homesick, and he believed his action would net him back to the States where he'd face 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.

    • 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
    • Homecomings.
    Original Publisher: Berkeley, University of California Press
    Language(s): English