A longtime journalist for The New York Times and Washington Post, whose postings have included have included stints at bureau chief in East Asia, Africa, and Warsaw, Blaine Harden has for some time now been living in Seattle and writing serious, well-received books, most recently a series of books on Korea. Escape from Camp 14 and The Great Leader and The Fighter Pilot are now followed by King of Spies: The Dark Reign of America’s Spymaster in Korea (Viking).
“Many accounts of the Korean War are full of mystery, hinting at horrific crimes and large-scale covert operations. King of Spies pierces that mystery through the story of a remarkable American operative who took his mission to mind-boggling extremes. The adventures that fill these pages, from bleak battlefields to the corridors of power, tell us much about how the world really works.” —Stephen Kinzer.
“Blaine Harden has now produced a fascinating trilogy of stranger-than-fiction books about North Korea. His latest, King of Spies, is about a gay, middle school dropout who was one of the few U.S. officials to predict the outbreak of the Korean War and whose espionage activities had a profound impact on the course of the war. You’ve probably never heard of Donald Nichols, but you’ll never forget him after reading King of Spies.” —Barbara Demick.