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

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

London Review of Books
“Easily the best guide available to the scandal of Yamashita's gold.”
Counterpunch
“The reader will walk away from this book astounded and outraged at the immensity of the fraudulent activities that the world's governments, banks, and spies are engaged in. Gold Warriors is chilling in its accumulation.”
Iris Chang
“The Seagraves have uncovered one of the biggest secrets of the twentieth century.”
From the Publisher
“The reader will walk away from this book astounded and outraged at the immensity of the fraudulent activities that the world’s governments, banks, and spies are engaged in. Gold Warriors is chilling in its accumulation.”—Counterpunch

“Easily the best guide available to the scandal of Yamashita’s gold.”—London Review of Books

“One is swept up in the high intensity story the Seagraves tell.”—Publishers Weekly

“The Seagraves have uncovered one of the biggest secrets of the twentieth century.”—Iris Chang, author of The Rape of Nanking

Publishers Weekly
The Seagraves, bestselling authors (Lords of the Rim, etc.), contend that Japan systematically looted the entire continent of Asia during WWII, seizing billions in precious metals, gems and artworks. Further, according to the authors, from war's end to the present, the looted treasure, used by President Truman to create a secret slush fund to fight communism, has had a malignant effect on American and Asian politics. The Seagraves assert that the Japanese imperial family, along with Ferdinand Marcos, every American president from Harry Truman to George W. Bush, and numerous sinister figures on the American hard right have been tainted and in many cases utterly corrupted by the loot. Postwar efforts to recover and exploit the treasure, according to the Seagraves, involved murders, dishonest deals and cover-ups. Readers who want to examine the full range of sources for this controversial account are referred in the book to the authors' Web site, where two CDs containing "more than 900 megabytes" of supporting documentation are available. But a paradox affecting conspiracy histories such as this one is the authors' frequent insistence that the malefactors have suppressed relevant evidence. Conceptual difficulties of this sort make it impossible for the lay reader to judge this book's credibility, even while one is swept up in the high-intensity story the Seagraves tell. (Sept.) FYI: The authors claim that in consequence of their revealing the existence of the slush fund and its resulting "global network of corruption," they have received "veiled death threats." Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844675319
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 1/11/2006
  • Edition description: New
  • Pages: 365
  • Sales rank: 381,800
  • Product dimensions: 5.05 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Meet 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.

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Table of Contents

Cast of Main Characters
Authors' Note
Prologue: Buried Alive 1
Ch. 1 Behind the Mask 14
Ch. 2 Rogue Samurai 23
Ch. 3 The Rape of China 32
Ch. 4 Storming the Indies 44
Ch. 5 Hiding the Plunder 58
Ch. 6 The Eyewitness 71
Ch. 7 Down the Rabbit Hole 88
Ch. 8 Dirty Tricks 103
Ch. 9 Heart of Darkness 120
Ch. 10 The Umbrella 140
Ch. 11 Pointing the Way 155
Ch. 12 Sanctifying the Gold 168
Ch. 13 The Paladings 186
Ch. 14 Loose Cannons 199
Ch. 15 Connect the Dots 216
Epilogue: Conflict of Interest 235
Acknowledgements 244
Bibliography 246
Annotations 262
Index 329
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2003

    GREAT BOOK, GREAT READ

    Initially, I had my doubts about the legend of Yamashita's Gold, but this book has put the whole subject into a new context, with overwhelming documentation. By the time you reach the middle of this narrative, you are totally convinced. Rarely have I read such a chronicle of deceit, depravity, and official corruption. The Seagraves are excellent writers, and present this story with all the skill of top biographers and novelists. It is a fast-paced, fascinating story that gives us a quick but thorough review of Japan's looting, then shows us how Washington secretly recovered a large part of Japan's war loot. Then the authors show, step by step, how American officials became corrupted by these secret slush funds, while hiding behind the figleaf of National Security. I urge everyone to read this book, especially now when official lying has become the great issue of our time.

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