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

Author: ,
Publisher: , 2008.
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From the publisher’s website:

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.

LKL says:

Extraordinary first-hand account of the life of a handful of American defectors in North Korea - including James Dresnok, who is featured in Dan Gordon's movie Crossing the Line.

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