Gold-warriorsst. frontcover. Gold Warriors. America’s Secret Recovery of Yamashita’s Gold. by Peggy Seagrave and Sterling Seagrave . In , US intelligence officers in Manila discovered that the Japanese had hidden large quantities of gold bullion and other looted treasure in. The explanation offered in the Seagraves’ book is considerably more .. Gold Warriors is easily the best guide available to the scandal of.
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My carpool partner told me about hearing this tale warriorw NPR and it was fascinating, so I tracked down the book. What a scary story, about the huge treasure fund that has been used for decades to fund covert operations worldwide since the end of WW2. Ina Cawl rated it really liked it Nov 29, More significant, however, are differences in US Government policies towards the two countries.
About Gold Warriors InUS intelligence officers in Manila discovered that seagravf Japanese had hidden large quantities of gold bullion and other looted treasure in the Philippines.
The chapters read more like individual research projects with too warriprs characters than a consistent, readable story. I read the kindle version. Twenty years after Santa Romana stopped searching ina secondary — and quite violent — hunt for gold began, carried out by Ferdinand Marcos.
The Seagraves have done a marvelous job weaving the story together, which involves the insane greed of the Japanese Imperial Family,the Yakuza, esagrave Marcos Family, the Vatican, the American banking elite and both the O. The Seagraves, bestselling authors Lords of the Rimetc. Verso Books 31 July These deposits were made in his own name or in one of his numerous aliases in order to keep the identity of the true owners secret. He did so in perfect secrecy and forced the other Allies to accept his draft except for China and Russia, which did not sign.
GOLD WARRIORS: The Covert History of Yamashita’s Gold
Postwar efforts to recover and exploit the treasure, according to the Seagraves, involved murders, dishonest deals and cover-ups. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. All three princes were graduates of the military academy and all three survived the war; Chichibu died in of tuberculosis wardiors the other two lived to a very ripe old age. Mar 07, Tim rated it really liked it.
Gold Warriors: America’s Secret Recovery of Yamashita’s Gold
Account Options Sign in. With this seemingly inexhaustible source of cash, the CIA set up slush funds to influence politics in Japan, Greece, Italy, Britain and many other places around the world. If you are interested in Japanese and East Asian history of the period, however, the book at least brings up personages, events, and potentially damning connections that can send you to other sources or if you are a historian, spark interest in new topics.
MacArthur and his cronies, both Japanese and American. Books of the Warroirs. To ask other readers questions about Gold Warriorsplease sign up. Seagravw you are interested warriofs Japanese and East A While full of references and footnotes and the authors have clearly done a warrlors deal of research the style of the book weaves an elaborate web of conspiracy that makes me very reluctant to buy the whole story.
The gold was melted down into ingots at a big Japanese-run smelter in Ipoh, Malaya and segrave with its degree of purity and weight. In a use-it-or-lose-it scenario, that year MacArthur and his SCAP team changed tack from their initial, liberal approach to changing Japan and instead began turning it into a capitalist bulwark against communism, as well as a vital military base.
Want to Read saving…. Quite the history lesson in these pages. His officials arrested zeagrave underworld boss Yoshio Kodama, who had worked in China during the war, selling opium and supervising the collection and shipment to Japan of industrial metals such as tungsten, titanium and platinum.
Sign up here for discounts and quicker purchasing. America’s Secret Recovery of Yamashita’s Gold. Kodama returned to Japan after the surrender immensely rich.
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. An eye opening about the literal profits of war. From a general understanding of human nature, it would be difficult not to believe that the Japanese looted Asia.
According to the Seagraves, the Japanese wariors a great deal of gold from Asia, then buried it warriore the Philippines, where Ferdinand Marcos later used it to make himself rich and powerful. President Truman decided warriprs recover the gold but to keep its riches secret.
Chichibu and his staff inventoried all this plunder and put it aboard boats, usually disguised as hospital ships, bound for Japan. The book is full of errors that could easily god corrected by a second-year student of the language — the ship they repeatedly call the Huzi is accurately romanised Fuji ; the important Japan Sea port is Maizuru, not Maisaru; tairiki is not a Japanese word: They were astonished to find stacks of gold ingots higher than their heads and reported this to their superiors.
President Truman decided to recover the gold but to keep its riches secret. An indispensable book, “Gold Warriors” lays out a very sound argument on how the world of black finance works and warroors turn provides strong evidence of how this black finance was acquired.
But not so by author Sterling Seagrave who, with wife and co-author Peggy, has published nine books on Asia and Wardiors and their relations with the West. I would like to have the cd but don’t want to spend that much on it. Eduardo Mira Batista rated it really liked it Jul 26, We all know about the Nuremberg trials.
Gold Warriors: America’s Secret Recovery of Yamashita’s Gold by Sterling Seagrave
In the Cool Shade of Compassion. InUS intelligence officers in Manila discovered that the Warrlors had hidden large quantities of gold bullion and other looted treasure in the Philippines. Marston rated it did not like it Sep 12, The gross oversimplification was roundly demolished by critics across the political spectrum. I find the topic intriguing but the writing leaves much to be desired. Appropriately, both Sterling and Peggy Seagrave have biographies that mark them as wanderers and seekers.
The US conquering force became aware of this plunder and had a problem with what to do with it.
It is ashame that the additional information isn’t available for a reasonable price.