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Spymaster: Dai Li and the Chinese Secret Service

Frederic Wakeman


The most feared man in China, Dai Li, was chief of Chiang Kai-shek's secret service during World War II. This sweeping biography of “China's Himmler”, based on recently opened intelligence archives, traces Dai's rise from obscurity as a rural hooligan and Green Gang blood-brother to commander of the paramilitary units of the Blue Shirts and of the dreaded Military Statistics Bureau: the world's largest spy and counterespionage organization of its time. In addition to exposing the inner workings of the secret police, whose death squads, kidnappings, torture, and omnipresent surveillance terrori ... More

Keywords: Chiang Kai-shek, Green Gang, Blue Shirts, Military Statistics Bureau, death squads, kidnap, torture, surveillance, Nationalist regime, Cold War

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780520234079
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520234079.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frederic Wakeman, author

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