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5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read.
Having visited North Korea on a number of occasions I was fascinated to hear about the exploits of Robert Charles Jenkins and Joseph Dresnok. Comrade Joe is still in Pyongyang to this day. Reading about his forty years of living as a Korean is a fascinating insight into the life of those who have never had a choice of where they lived or could possibly understand how free...
Published on 18 April 2011 by Simon Archer

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3.0 out of 5 stars Strange planet
Well, this guy obviously has an extraordinary story to tell. Others have been there, too, oneself included, but only as a tourist for a couple of weeks. But it's a strange planet, and Robert Jenkins was there for decades. He deserted from the US Army in South Korea, fled to the North, got married to a Japanese abductee, and finally and happily ended up with his wife and...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read., 18 April 2011
Having visited North Korea on a number of occasions I was fascinated to hear about the exploits of Robert Charles Jenkins and Joseph Dresnok. Comrade Joe is still in Pyongyang to this day. Reading about his forty years of living as a Korean is a fascinating insight into the life of those who have never had a choice of where they lived or could possibly understand how free the rest of the world really are. This a must read book for anyone contemplating a visit to DPRK or anyone who has the slightest of interest in the hermit country.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, especially for newbie, 28 Oct 2012
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This review is from: The Reluctant Communist: My Desertion, Court-Martial, and Forty-Year Imprisonment in North Korea (Kindle Edition)
This is a great account of the bizarre and twisted world of the DPRK. It demonstrates an evolution of the country over many years, as well as a unique insight into what it's like being a foreigner there - and how differently you get treated.

Some reviewers say there's nothing new here - maybe not, but if you're new to the subject of one of the world's most enigmatic nations, this is a great starting point.

The writing style is not dramatic, and the author does not add any flair to the story - it's not necessary. The content alone makes up for the lack of flair, and it's easy to imagine an ageing American man telling the story to you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A truly interesting read, 23 April 2013
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This review is from: The Reluctant Communist: My Desertion, Court-Martial, and Forty-Year Imprisonment in North Korea (Kindle Edition)
I really enjoyed reading this book, it gives such a fascinating insight into what is the unique story of Charles Jenkins. A must read for people who are interested in North Korea.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting insight, 9 Sep 2011
This book offers a very interesting insight in the 'normal' DPRK life, from foreigners eyes. Obviously in a special position, the author still provides information that you will not find in other books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it, 10 Dec 2013
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Very unique experience, Interesting read, couldn't put it down!! highly recommended if you are interested in north korea. good book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Strange planet, 11 Oct 2013
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Well, this guy obviously has an extraordinary story to tell. Others have been there, too, oneself included, but only as a tourist for a couple of weeks. But it's a strange planet, and Robert Jenkins was there for decades. He deserted from the US Army in South Korea, fled to the North, got married to a Japanese abductee, and finally and happily ended up with his wife and kids in Japan. A fascinating story.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A unique perspective but no new insights, 20 May 2011
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This review is from: The Reluctant Communist: My Desertion, Court-Martial, and Forty-Year Imprisonment in North Korea (Kindle Edition)
Anyone looking to discover something new about the DPRK won't find anything here. This is essentially a chronological report on the authors defection through to his eventual escape. Major milestones are detailed in the story but he completely fails to talk in any way about the more interesting aspects of his life, the nitty gritty. This is in no way the fault of the author, he's written his story, it's just that's it's missing the 'social tapestry'. It's a very quick read.
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