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The Resource King of spies : the dark reign of America's spymaster in Korea, Blaine Harden

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

Label
King of spies : the dark reign of America's spymaster in Korea
Title
King of spies
Title remainder
the dark reign of America's spymaster in Korea
Statement of responsibility
Blaine Harden
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In 1946, master sergeant Donald Nichols was repairing jeeps 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 beneath the radar of MacArthur's Pacific Command. Though he lacked the pedigree of most U.S. spies -- Nichols was a 7th grade dropout -- he quickly metamorphosed from army mechanic to black ops phenomenon. He insinuated himself into the affections of America's chosen puppet in South Korea, President Syngman Rhee, and became a pivotal player in the Korean War, warning months in advance about the North Korean invasion, breaking enemy codes, and identifying most of the targets destroyed by American bombs in North Korea. But Nichols's triumphs had a dark side. Immersed in a world of torture and beheadings, he became a spymaster with his own secret base, his own covert army, and his own rules. He recruited agents from refugee camps and prisons, sending many to their deaths on reckless missions. His closeness to Rhee meant that he witnessed -- and did nothing to stop or even report -- the slaughter of tens of thousands of South Korean civilians in anticommunist purges. Nichols's clandestine reign lasted for an astounding eleven years
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
YDX
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Harden, Blaine
Dewey number
  • 327.12092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
D921.5.S8
LC item number
N53 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Nichols, Donald
  • Spies
  • Espionage, American
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Military
  • HISTORY / Military / Korean War
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE / Intelligence & Espionage
Label
King of spies : the dark reign of America's spymaster in Korea, Blaine Harden
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-249) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
ocn971929601
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 260 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780525429937
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)971929601
Label
King of spies : the dark reign of America's spymaster in Korea, Blaine Harden
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-249) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
ocn971929601
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 260 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780525429937
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)971929601

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