Welcome to the intriguing world of an adventurous American Intelligence Agent, Colonel Sidney Mashbir (1891–1973), who spent the 1920s and 1930s secretly in alliance with members of the Japanese Royal Family and other top leaders of Japan. Together, they delayed and made a valiant effort to prevent war between their nations.
This thrilling saga presents a Master spy who pioneered the beginning of the CIA, utilizing secret diplomacy and dangerous missions to shape world events. His long military intelligence career began in the early 1900s and continued into the Atomic Age!
Based on his deep understanding the Japanese language and culture, Mashbir achieved a closer intimacy with Emperor Hirohito than any Westerner. In spite of Mashbir and his Japanese allies' courageous, peace-keeping efforts, World War II erupted. Mashbir was then forced to take a pivotal role in defeating Japan, a nation and its people whom he had so befriended.
Sixty-five years after World War II, President Barack Obama awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation's highest civilian honor, to the thousands who had served under Colonel Mashbir's command in a top secret intelligence organization called A.T.I.S.
The Emperor and the Spy, is based on and inspired by the author's acquisition of Colonel Mashbir's never-before-revealed intimate letters, secret official documents, and photographs. This was combined with historical archives and interviews with Mashbir's family, giving a window to an exciting untold story. The Revised Edition was published January 2017 with additional illustrations.
Visit www.TheEmperorAndTheSpy.com to explore a Timeline Gallery, which displays many of the fascinating historical documents that inspired the novel.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In The Emperor and The Spy author Stan Katz documents and presents in a most gripping style a largely unknown story of one American man, Sidney Mashbir, and his decades long service in the U S Military (1904 to 1973) as an engineer, intelligence officer, and spy. Katz’ work is based on thousands of pages of Mashbir’s personal papers, as well as recorded correspondence from disparate military heroes, from General Pershing, Admiral King, and General Douglas MacArthur. This writer was a young adolescent during WWII, and was aware of the formal news of the war, and became a history teacher in his early career. But this writer was completely unaware of the major part of the material in Katz’ book, based on private conversations among Japanese leaders, including Emperor Hirohito’s wife, the Empress Nagako, and various members of the Japanese military, and those in Japan who sought to avoid a major war. The descriptions of the use of Japanese-American military men as translators and interrogators in the Pacific theater of WWII is virtually unknown to most Americans. Using factual background of military actions, from 1904 on the Mexican border to the Japanese surrender on the US Missouri in 1945, Katz weaves a lively story personalizing well known military and diplomatic names as living individual people. This book is highly recommended for all who want to know more of the history of World War II, and those who should become more knowledgeable of the complexities of Japanese culture.
This book is masterfully written. Mr. Katz captures the essence of the time and the unique interaction between Col. Mashbir and everyone from Pancho Villa to FDR to the Emperor of Japan! It is a must read.
HIGHLY RECOMMEND! I love this Book! It’s a great story -- an exciting, inspiring, fast-paced novel I couldn’t put down. Based on the fascinating true memoirs of one unsung hero’s life, it exposes surprising facts that took place behind-the-scenes through WWI and WWII. Why Japan declared war on the US, the early days of the CIA, Nazi influence in Japan and terrorism in the US… and much more. This well-written book shows the private face of public figures such as Emperor Hirohito and his family, told with intimate detail and compassion. Vast historical content -- spanning two generations -- brings the characters and tumultuous time they lived in to life. I learned a lot of interesting history and enjoyed the ride. Of particular interest are the real-life stories of honorable Japanese-Americans whose contributions helped the US win the war in the Pacific arena. With all the drama and action of a major movie, I wouldn’t be surprised to see this on the screen. For now, I’m sending copies to my friends.
The Emperor and the Spy is a remarkable work of historical fiction that follows the military exploits of a man who interacts with some of the most famous people of the early 20th century. When I read about the protagonist's interactions with Pancho Via, Colonel George S. Patton, and the emperor of Japan, I couldn't imagine why I hadn't learned about Mashbir in my history classes. Here is a virtually unknown man who valiantly tried to avert America's war with Japan. It's an exciting journey through history. The depth of historical fact is mind boggling. Complimenting the novel is a 300 page archive of the historical documents that the author drew from while writing on the author's website: www.theEmperorAndTheSpy.com. I found myself enjoying these historical archives after reading the book. If your a history buff, like real spy stories, or just want a great read, read this book.