Pot Shards: Fragments of a Life Lived in CIA, the White House, and the Two Koreas

Pot Shards: Fragments of a Life Lived in CIA, the White House, and the Two Koreas

Donald P. Gregg


Pot Shards is a memoir, according to the author's memorable reviews. Donald P. Gregg spent thirty-one years as an operations officer in CIA and ten years within the White apartment lower than presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan and vice chairman George H. W. Bush. Pot Shards is his memoir. It tells of a philosophy significant who graduated from university in 1951 and instantly joined CIA while informed, "You'll bounce out of airplanes and shop the world!" With raucous humor, he describes his parachute education and arctic survival direction in Idaho. His e-book is a window into the chilly War-era CIA, either its failings (twenty years in a chinese language detention center for an in depth pal) and unheralded successes, together with Gregg's position in saving the lifetime of Kim Dae-jung, a Korean political dissident who later, as president, gained the Nobel Peace Prize. Gregg colorfully describes his excursions in Japan, Burma, Vietnam, and South Korea. His 4 years facing the Vietnam battle illustrate in actual fact the problems of conversing fact to energy with sharp-edged encounters with Robert McNamara, Curtis LeMay, and numerous generals. Gregg labored successfully opposed to torture whilst encountered in either Vietnam and Korea. within the White condo, Gregg used to be inspired by way of vice chairman Bush's worth as "the rudder on Reagan's sailboat," unseen yet central. He recounts his travels with Bush to sixty-five international locations with either humor and discernment-- Thatcher on the most sensible, Mugabe on the backside. Gregg served either as CIA station leader in Seoul, 1973-75, and as U.S. ambassador to Korea, 1989-93. He later made greater than fifty journeys to Seoul as chairman of The Korea Society. Now, as chairman of the Pacific Century Institute, the previous diplomat, as soon as feared and disliked through North Korea, has visited that secretive kingdom six instances, as lately as February 2014. Gregg consistently stresses discussion over demonization in facing the North Koreans. "Don Gregg is that real and admirable factor: an outstanding American. He spent such a lot of his existence serving his state: within the CIA, on the White residence and as a US ambassador. He has tales to inform, lots of them gripping, and they're superbly and movingly recollected the following during this memoir of a appropriate life." -Christopher Buckley "A own witness to a long time of mostly hidden intelligence and diplomatic background, Donald Gregg recounts his not going and impressive occupation as a CIA officer, nationwide defense consultant, and US diplomat. His adventures and insider wisdom people kin with East Asian countries over many a long time make for a full of life narrative, exciting for the final reader and priceless for critical students alike. via all of it, Ambassador Gregg expresses a ordinary heat and trouble for humanity that makes his tale a very own journey." -Nicholas Dujmovic, Ph.D., CIA employees Historian, heart for the research of Intelligence

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