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

King of Spies: The Dark Reign and Bizarre Ruin of America's Spymaster in Korea By Blaine Harden King of Spies The Dark Reign and Bizarre Ruin of America s Spymaster in Korea From the New York Times bestselling author of Escape from Camp the shocking gripping account of the most powerful American spy you ve never heard of whose role at the center of the Korean War wh

  • Title: King of Spies: The Dark Reign and Bizarre Ruin of America's Spymaster in Korea
  • Author: Blaine Harden
  • ISBN: 9780525429937
  • Page: 102
  • Format: Hardcover
  • King of Spies: The Dark Reign and Bizarre Ruin of America's Spymaster in Korea By Blaine Harden From the New York Times bestselling author of Escape from Camp 14, the shocking, gripping account of the most powerful American spy you ve never heard of, whose role at the center of the Korean War which gave rise to the North Korean regime is essential to understanding the most intractable foreign policy conflict of our time.In 1946, master sergeant Donald Nichols was repFrom the New York Times bestselling author of Escape from Camp 14, the shocking, gripping account of the most powerful American spy you ve never heard of, whose role at the center of the Korean War which gave rise to the North Korean regime is essential to understanding the most intractable foreign policy conflict of our time.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 st
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    1. Jeanette on said:

      This takes the award for the entire last year of all my non fiction reading That category s award BOOK THAT SHOCKED ME THE MOST Yes, it was shocking And I don t think I am easily shocked.Donald Nichols life from the age of 19 within the U.S Army Air Force designation at times until his death in his 60 s It s so outlier that it is hard to believe And not only the Army part That s the first shock just him.But the greater shock is the amount of pure horror, death dealing, mood equilibrium for all t [...]

    2. Septimus Brown on said:

      A top nonfiction title for anyone even remotely interested in spies, political military history, or the Korean War Blaine Harden is a consummate writer and researcher This book is expertly structured, with unfailing prose and heady storytelling Never a dull moment.King of Spies details the life an unlikely spy master who was instrumental in the Korean War If one person can be credited with turning the tide against the North and China, it is Donald Nichols His rise to prominence is as interesting [...]

    3. Aaron Schmidt on said:

      3.5 stars I thought this book was interesting mostly for the Korean War history A subject I am fairly ignorant on The geopolitical history of the region and its use as a proxy for the major powers is quite sad I was unaware of the mass scale bombing of the country something that is apparently still used to this day to drum up anti American fervor there From the sounds of it the destruction was significantly worse than the bombing of Japan, even including the two nuclear bombs I also enjoyed how [...]

    4. Ray on said:

      King of Spies is a story of a poor Florida boy who served in the Air Force in Korea and became a key spy master during the Korean War Much of what is known of Donald Nichols is from his own accounts, much of which is b.s and self promotion Nonetheless, it apparently was true that he did have a personal relationship with the South Korean President, and did have valuable connections during the Korean War which enabled him to bring useful intelligence to the U.S forces fighting against the North Ko [...]

    5. Pam on said:

      A couple of things This book was very interesting when it talked about the Korean War and the things that led up to it It was interesting when it talked about Nichols and how he ran his spy ring But, it wasn t all that detailed I felt like it was trying super hard to be sensational without a lot backing it up The same with the book title and the reviews on the back When I think about war and all of the terrible things that happen, I m not trying to say I condone the human rights violations that [...]

    6. Jeffrey Edick on said:

      good book on how the US got involved in South Korea after WW2, with emphasis on the secret spy network installed by the Air Force I knew little about pre war Korea so this book was full of general info for me The King of Spies started a brutal network that terrorized both North and South, and actually saved the South from a total loss, when the final assaults came at the Pusan perimeter The King truly is a war hero, unfortunately he is also a criminal and murderer, a pedophile and a money launde [...]

    7. Tolani on said:

      Little is ever mentioned in history about Donald Nichols, yet if there s a name you need to know about the one person for who played a huge role during the Korean war, it is Donald Nichols This was the third book I read by Blaine Harden, and he does a great job of depicting the life of Donald Nichols a high school dropout from Florida who later became a spymaster and built such a strong spy network that toppled the Kim regime in North Korea Spy network, Agent Orange, Napalm, true crimes, Truman [...]

    8. Rob on said:

      Not really sure what to make of this main character is he a victim or victimizer And his reign is surprisingly short, as this book is less than 200 pages and it feels as though most of that is spent on his background and post war activity But the book does fill in a few blanks in Korean War era history.

    9. Dоcтоr on said:

      Hard, tough, but an incredible life story This book is certainly not for everyone, it doesn t not follow some romantic tale of James Bond, vice versa it tells the life s lesson, that war is hell, and those that fought it will bear the scars internally forever.

    10. Terry Pearson on said:

      I won a copy of this book in a giveaway.I have to admit the book isn t about what I though However, it was still interesting Intresting enough that my teenage grandson asked to read it when I was through.I rated it 3.8 stars

    11. Anne on said:

      Fascinating read on a key US spy in North Korea after WWII Turns out Vietnam was Korea 2.0 Napalm Agent Orange bombing the north into oblivium puppet leader in the south Main difference in outcomes would seem to be the leadership in the North.

    12. Jessica on said:

      Engrossing story, which shed a lot of light on the current issues we have with North Korea fire and fury is probably what they ve expected from us all along.

    13. Howard on said:

      A good read with lots of information about the Korean War I never knew Would have like details on some of the activities though.

    14. Rachel on said:

      King of SpiesExtremely enlightening for those curious about the Korea and US involvement It sheds light on North Korea s paranoia about the US.

    15. Ken Hamner on said:

      Great book It s amazing how incompetent the Truman administration and McArthur s military leadership was during that time.

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