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At The Dragons Gate: With The OSS In The Far East Charles Fenn

At The Dragons Gate: With The OSS In The Far East

Charles Fenn

Published November 2nd 2004
ISBN : 9781591142683
Hardcover
226 pages
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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 BillMoreIn 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 Donovans 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. Fenns wartime exploits are the stuff of legends, but not even his OSS compatriots knew the full extent of espionage activities. Fortunately, Fenns 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.