After 32 months of captivity in North Korean prison camps, Sergeant Pate has given us the first book-length report of the...

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After 32 months of captivity in North Korean prison camps, Sergeant Pate has given us the first book-length report of the subhuman conditions which prevailed, and especially of Communist methods of indoctrination and their effectiveness. Pate not only successfully resisted the Red Chinese talent scouts, but became a leader among the ""reactionary"" group. He reduced the number of turncoats- by threats and physical force if necessary. The ""reactionaries"" were also adept at sabotage; they sowed beds of nails for the Red truck convoys and laid defective wires. The reader is bludgeoned throughout this story: Pate came from a grim home where his father was convicted of manslaughter; and here the exploits of battle, the long periods of starvation, dysentery, solitary confinement, and a 500 mile death march facing unbelievable cold, contribute to these annals of ordeal endured with considerable heroism. For a blood-and-guts audience, which the political factor in this account will amplify.

Pub Date: March 28, 1956

ISBN: N/A

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Publisher: Harper

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1956