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Blaine Harden

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Harden is an author and journalist who worked for The Washington Post for 28 years as a correspondent in Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia, as well as in New York and Seattle. He was also a national correspondent for The New York Times and writer for the Times Magazine. He has contributed to The Economist and PBS Frontline.

Harden's newest book, "King of Spies," is out in October of 2017. It's the untold story of Major Donald Nichols, an American spy in Korea who would become America's Kurtz. He operated in a shadowland of executions and torture, while sending hundreds of his agents to their deaths inside North Korea. His reign ended suddenly, when he was secretly removed from South Korea, locked up in a U.S. military hospital in Florida and s
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“I am evolving from being an animal,' he said. 'But it is going very, very slowly. Sometime I try to cry and laugh like other people, just to see if it feels like anything. Yet tears don't come. Laughter doesn't come.”
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“High School students in America debate why President Roosevelt didn't bomb the rail lines to Hitler's camps. Their children may ask, a generation from now, why the West stared at far clearer satellite images of Kim Jong Il's camps, and did nothing.”
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“His first memory is an execution.”
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