Gold Warriors: America's Secret Recovery of Yamashita's Gold

Gold Warriors: America's Secret Recovery of Yamashita's Gold

by Peggy Seagrave, Sterling Seagrave


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In 1945, US intelligence officers in Manila discovered that the Japanese had hidden large quantities of gold bullion and other looted treasure in the Philippines. President Truman decided to recover the gold but to keep its riches secret. These, combined with Japanese treasure recovered during the US occupation, and with recovered Nazi loot, would create a worldwide American political action fund to fight communism. This ‘Black Gold’ gave Washington virtually limitless, unaccountable funds, providing an asset base to reinforce the treasuries of America’s allies, to bribe political and military leaders, and to manipulate elections in foreign countries for more than fifty years.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781844675319
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 01/11/2006
Edition description: New
Pages: 365
Sales rank: 376,070
Product dimensions: 5.05(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.17(d)

About the Author

Peggy Seagrave was the senior researcher and picture editor at Time-Life Books. Along with Sterling Seagrave, she is a co-author of the bestselling Lords of the Rim and The Yamato Dynasty.

Sterling Seagrave was a reporter for the Washington Post before becoming a freelance investigative journalist contributing to Time, Life, Atlantic Monthly, and the Far Eastern Economic Review. He is the author of The Soong Dynasty as well as other books, and with Peggy Seagrave he co-authored the bestselling Lords of the Rim and The Yamato Dynasty.

Table of Contents

Cast of Main CharactersVII
Authors' NoteX
Prologue: Buried Alive1
Chapter 1Behind the Mask14
Chapter 2Rogue Samurai23
Chapter 3The Rape of China32
Chapter 4Storming the Indies44
Chapter 5Hiding the Plunder58
Chapter 6The Eyewitness71
Chapter 7Down the Rabbit Hole88
Chapter 8Dirty Tricks103
Chapter 9Heart of Darkness120
Chapter 10The Umbrella140
Chapter 11Pointing the Way155
Chapter 12Sanctifying the Gold168
Chapter 13The Paladins186
Chapter 14Loose Cannons199
Chapter 15Connect the Dots216
Epilogue: Conflict of Interest235

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