Korean American Books

Summaries and reviews of fiction and nonfiction books by Korean American authors,
books about Korean Americans and Korea, and Korean literature in English translation,
including some academic works and a sampling on the Korean War

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Project Eagle: The American Christians of North Korea in World War II, by Robert S. Kim

Tells a little-known story of a WWII initiative, Project Eagle, that, had it come to fruition and its expertise been taken advantage of, may have changed the course of Korean modern history. It covers an important and lead-up history of missionaries in Korea, both North and South, and their critical role in American early relationships in Korea, specifically the Weems and McCune families, whose influence was bedrock in the development of Korean Christian culture. This is followed by a detailed and riveting historical narrative about the Korean provisional government, especially Kim Ku, and its relationship with the OSS in planning an invasion of Japanese-occupied Korea, a plan aborted when the bombs were dropped.

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