New York :, Viking,, 
viii, 260 pages, 16 unnumbered pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
The story of army mechanic Donald Nichols, who was recruited by the Army’s Counter-Intelligence Corps to get close with South Korea’s first president, Syngman Rhee, and become a key player in the war effort during the North Korean invasion. 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 stop or even report—the slaughter of tens of thousands of South Korean civilians in anticommunist purges. Nichols’s clandestine reign lasted for an astounding eleven years.