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At the Dragon's Gate: With the OSS in the Far Eastby Charles Fenn
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In the early days of World War II, a young Marine named Charles Fenn was recruited by the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) for undercover operations in the China-Burma-India theater. Fenn had been a foreign correspondent in Asia, and Wild Bill Donovan's new outfit wanted a man there who already knew the lay of the land. Fenn turned out to be a good choice and a remarkable spy. He knew exactly what it took to get the job done, blowing up a bridge carrying Japanese troops across the Yalu, manning secret radio stations in Chinese convents, demoralizing Japanese morale, rescuing airmen from Japanese prisons, and getting to know an up-and-coming Vietnamese leader named Ho Chi Minh. Fenn's wartime exploits are the stuff of legends, but not even his OSS compatriots knew the full extent of espionage activities. Fortunately, Fenn's skill as a spy is matched by his talent as a storyteller, and this witty, elegantly written account of his OSS days not only adds to the historical record but makes for an entertaining read. Added benefits are his descriptions of Chinese culture and lifestyle and his understanding of the motivations of Ho and the Vietminh. A wide variety of readers will be drawn to this extraordinary work.
Book News Annotation:
A lieutenant in the US Marine Corps during World War II, Fenn conducted undercover operations in the China-Burma-India theater beginning in 1943. Before the war he had covered the Far East for Life magazine, and after the war he went to London and wrote successful novels until he died at 96 in 2004. His memoirs of his exploits, therefore, are informed by a deep knowledge of the area and much experience telling tales.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Charles Fenn served with the OSS during World War II.
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