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

The Reluctant Communist: My Desertion, Court-Martial, and Forty-Year Imprisonment in North Korea - Charles Robert Jenkins 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, considering life's in's and outs, it's not absolutely clear that Jenkins did worse off defecting than he would have living in the US. think-- he was a 40 year old marrying a 21 year old Japanese wife; in America, with a high school education and then dealing with the changes American went through as well as the possibility he would have been sent to Vietnam, possibly Jenkins goes to his grave knowing in his heart, he didn't shoot the moon; he didn't pull pocket aces out of thin air, but all things considered, he didn't draw an unmatched 3 and a 7 nor was he last man holding the bag.

this isn't a must read; and there are other books on north korea with better academic research and more perspectives, but the writing isn't bad, and story is pretty unique. has value on a number of different levels--if purely the philosophical is discussed above. is Jenkins a hero? is Jenkins a villain? I leave these political questions to better minds, and only note that the book is a fairly quick read. 4/5, not absolute, but not quite the 3/5.