Maochun Yu tells the story of the intelligence activities of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in China during World War II. Drawing on recently released classified materials from the U.S. National Archives and on previously unopened Chinese documents, Yu reveals the immense and complex challenges the agency and its director, General William Donovan, confronted in China. This book is the first research-based history and analysis of America's wartime intelligence and special operations activities in the China, Burma and India during WWII. It presents a complex and compelling story of conflicting objectives and personalities, inter-service rivalries, and crowning achievements of America's military, intelligence and political endeavors, the significance of which goes far beyond WWII and China.
Maochun Yu is Professor of East Asia and Military History at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. He is the author of The Dragon's War and numerous articles on modern China and the military and intelligence history of World War II and the Cold War. He is a resident of Annapolis, MD.
Praise for OSS in China
“The amount of detail is also sometimes overwhelming. That should not, however, detract from the fact that the author did his homework and used that homework to write a groundbreaking book about an important subject.”
— The Journal of America’s Military Past, November 2012
“Yu’s history of OSS in China shows an intelligent understanding of both the Chinese and American scenes. His research in OSS files and Chinese records is skillful, and his insights into intelligence activities are far-reaching and important.”
— Robin W. Winks, Yale University
“Maochun Yu’s work on the activities in China of America’s wartime espionage and covert action unit, the OSS, is a landmark study.”
— Frederic Wakeman, Jr., University of California, Berkeley