Fires of the Dragon: Politics, Murder and the Kuomintang

Kaplan, David E.

Published by New York, NY, U.S.A.: Atheneum, 1992, 1992
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Hard Cover. Fine/Near Fine. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 1st Ed., 1st Printing, number row 10-1, HB/DJ, F/NF, 559 pp. Demco mylar cover put on DJ. Book has very light rubbing at spine bottom. DJ has 3/16" tiny closed tear at front bottom spine corner. A true book about politics, murder, intrigue, espionage, and the Kuomintang. It starts with the death of Henry Liu, whose life and death is the window through which renowned investigative reporter Kaplan unveils a dramatic and disturbing tale of international intrigue. Bookseller Inventory # 8874

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Synopsis: Shocking and newsworthy revelations from one of the most knowledgeable authorities on Pacific Rim affairs, David E. Kaplan, author of Yakuza. This groundbreaking work dramatically details the often violent dispute between China and Taiwan over the fate of the 20 million Chinese scattered overseas and reveals the key role the U.S. plays in this conflict. 8-page insert.

From Kirkus Reviews: A stranger-than-fiction thriller that puts the bitter conflict between the People's Republic of China (PRC) and Taiwan into clear, human perspective. Kaplan (coauthor, Yakuza, 1986) uses the opportunistic life and violent death of Henry Liu to trace how the PRC and so-called Nationalists have fought for the allegiance of 20 million overseas Chinese. Born in 1932, Liu fled to Taiwan--where Chiang Kai-shek's Kuomintang (KMT) had set up shop--after Mao's forces had overrun the mainland. Trained in the KMT's elite Political Warfare Academy, Liu wangled his way into a journalism career, mastered English, and made it to the US in 1967, settling in Washington, D.C., where he eked out a living as a translator and correspondent for publications in Hong Kong as well as Taipei. Eventually gaining American citizenship, Liu moved to northern California, where he and his wife ran a successful gift shop in San Francisco. A respected man of letters in both Chinas, Liu played both ends against the middle, accepting expense-paid trips to the PRC, serving as an FBI informant, and taking payoffs from the KMT. Dismayed by Liu's lack of devotion to their cause, high-ranking Nationalist intelligence agents recruited hit men from Taiwan's underworld, who assassinated the writer in 1984. Dogged work by local police, who unearthed a taped confession left by one of the killers, led to the solution of the murder. Kaplan does a fine job of explaining and recounting the savagery with which the KMT suppressed dissent throughout the world as well as on its island fortress. He also addresses (without dwelling on) the comparative ease with which the repressive regimes of presumptive American allies like Chile, Iran (under the Shah), the Philippines, and South Korea as well as Taiwan have been able to wage undeclared wars against their ‚migr‚ enemies in the US. A brilliantly reported, if occasionally repetitive, account of geopolitical rivalry as a blood sport. (Eight-page photo insert-- not seen.) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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Title: Fires of the Dragon: Politics, Murder and ...
Publisher: New York, NY, U.S.A.: Atheneum, 1992
Publication Date: 1992
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Edition: First Edition

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Book Description Atheneum, New York, NY, 1992. Hardback. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. 1st edition. Fires of the Dragon: Politics, Murder, and The Kuomintang by David E Kaplan. Published by Atheneum, New York, NY, 1992. 1st Edition 2nd Printing. Hardbound, Paper DJ. Size 8vo (up to 9-1/2'' tall). Condition: Good in Good- DJ. Top edge of middle 200 +/- pages liquid marked. Pages separate, warped, and readable - otherwise book would be like new. 559 Pgs. ISBN 0689120664. LCCN 91-42757. Henry Liu; journalist, US citizen, father of three, spy. Murdered in October 1984 in the privacy of his California home by agents of an important American ally. Who, exactly, was Henry Liu, and why was he killed? The starting point for Fires of the Dragon, revealing a dramatic and disturbing tale of international intrigue. Illustrated with photographs. Description text copyright 2001 BooksForComfort. Item ID 4511. book. Bookseller Inventory # 4511

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