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OSS In China: Prelude to Cold War

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In this book Maochun Yu tells the story of the intelligence activities of the Office of Strategic services (OSS) in China during World War II. Yu draws on recently released classified materials from the US National Archives and on previously unopened Chinese documents to reveal the challenges the agency and its director, General William Donovan, confronted in China.
Hardcover, First Edition, 340 pages
Published February 27th 1997 by Yale University Press
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Samuel Guthridge
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Shelves: thesis-stuff
This is a “thesis read” but it was incredibly interesting regardless of how much it contributed to my research.

Maochun Yu saw that previous OSS historiography had left open a considerable gap in the study of the agency’s activity in China. Seeking to fill this, he embarked to uncover the secrets of what Harris Smith called, “the Chinese Puzzle.” He did so by combing through an immense amount of documentation from the declassified Record 226.

The picture he paints of the OSS experience in China
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Matthew Linton
Definitely not for the layperson. Lots of useful facts about the convoluted inner-workings of the OSS mission in China during World War II, but no real narrative tying the whole story together. I also would have preferred more of a discussion about specific OSS missions in China, instead of such a narrow focus on the bureaucratic infighting.
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