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King of Spies: The Dark Reign of America's Spymaster in Korea

King of Spies The Dark Reign of America s Spymaster in Korea The New York Times bestselling author of Escape from Camp returns with the untold story of one of the most powerful spies in American history shedding new light on the U S role in the Korean War

  • Title: King of Spies: The Dark Reign of America's Spymaster in Korea
  • Author: Blaine Harden
  • ISBN: 9780698410152
  • Page: 106
  • Format: ebook
  • The New York Times bestselling author of Escape from Camp 14 returns with the untold story of one of the most powerful spies in American history, shedding new light on the U.S role in the Korean War, and its legacy In 1946, master sergeant Donald Nichols was stationed on the sleepy island of Guam when he caught the eye of recruiters from the Army s Counter Intelligence C The New York Times bestselling author of Escape from Camp 14 returns with the untold story of one of the most powerful spies in American history, shedding new light on the U.S role in the Korean War, and its legacy In 1946, master sergeant Donald Nichols was stationed on the sleepy island of Guam when he caught the eye of recruiters from the Army s Counter Intelligence Corps After just three months training, he was sent to Korea, then a backwater largely beneath the radar of MacArthur s Pacific Command Though he lacked the education and pedigree of most spies, Nichols quickly metamorphosed from army mechanic to black ops phenomenon He insinuated himself into the affections of South Korea s first president, Syngman Rhee, and became a key player in the American war effort, warning months in advance about the North Korean invasion, breaking enemy codes, and identifying most of the bombing targets used throughout the war But Nichols s accomplishments had a dark side he ran his own base and played by his own rules He recruited agents from refugee camps and prisons, sending many to their deaths on reckless missions And his proximity to Rhee meant that he witnessed and did nothing to stop the slaughter of thousands of South Korean civilians in anticommunist purges

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    About "Blaine Harden"

    1. Blaine Harden

      Harden is an author and journalist who worked for The Washington Post for 28 years as a correspondent in Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia, as well as in New York and Seattle He was also a national correspondent for The New York Times and writer for the Times Magazine He has contributed to The Economist and PBS Frontline.Harden s newest book, King of Spies, is out in October of 2017 It s the untold story of Major Donald Nichols, an American spy in Korea who would become America s Kurtz He operated in a shadowland of executions and torture, while sending hundreds of his agents to their deaths inside North Korea His reign ended suddenly, when he was secretly removed from South Korea, locked up in a U.S military hospital in Florida and subjected to 50 rounds of memory obliterating electroshock Harden is also the author of The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot Viking Penguin, 2015 , Escape From Camp 14 Viking Penguin 2012 and A River Lost Norton, revised and updated edition 2012.

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