The Reluctant Communist
by Charles Robert Jenkins
An American soldier vanishes into freezing darkness while patrolling the demilitarized zone (DMZ) of the Korean peninsula in the mid-1960’s. Has he been kidnapped? Has he deserted? Or did he defect to join the Communist cause? Nobody outside of North Korea will know for sure until the same soldier reappears at a U.S. Army base in Japan to face his court martial. By then, it is September 2004, nearly four decades since his disappearance.
That soldier is Sgt. Charles Robert Jenkins. He has now given us his story in The Reluctant Communist, a harrowing account of an ordinary man’s long sojourn in the nearest thing to Dante’s Inferno that can be found in the land of the living.
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