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The Reluctant Communist: My Desertion, Court-Martial, and Forty-Year Imprisonment in North Korea - Charles Robert Jenkins
The Reluctant Communist: My Desertion, Court-Martial, and Forty-Year Imprisonment in North Korea
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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,... show more
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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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780520253339 (0520253337)
Publisher: University of California Press
Pages no: 232
Edition language: English
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4.0 The Reluctant Communist: My Desertion, Court-Martial, and Forty-Year Imprisonment in North Korea
not a terrible piece of writing, and of course, assisted by the fact that a professional journalist co-wrote-- who knows, possibly almost completely wrote the memoir. Jenkins' work does have its areas of quite possible self-serving, but of course one of the most twisted things is that all in all, co...
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