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King of spies : the dark reign of America's spymaster in Korea

Author: Blaine Harden
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Harden, Blaine, author.
King of spies
New York : Viking, 2017
(DLC) 2017047255
Named Person: Donald Nichols; Syngman Rhee
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Blaine Harden
ISBN: 9780525429937 052542993X
OCLC Number: 1005057272
Description: viii, 260 pages, 16 pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: The spy who came in from the motor pool --
Part I. Most valuable spy --
Nichols of Korea --
Rhee and son --
Muzzling Mr. Nichols --
Part II. War spy --
Dark star --
Code break bully --
Any means necessary --
Empire of islands --
Famous in Pyongyang --
Part III. Ruined spy --
Sacked --
Shocked --
Adrift and accused --
Nolo contendere --
A spy's grave.
Responsibility: Blaine Harden.

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"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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