Welcome to the intriguing world of an adventurous American intelligence agent, Colonel Sidney Forrester Mashbir (1891-1973), who spent the 1920s and 1930s in alliance with the Japanese royal family and other top leaders of Japan. Together, they valiantly delayed and attempted to prevent conflict between their nations and the outbreak of WWII.
In this thrilling saga, we explore the life of Mashbir, a real-life James Bond, a master spy, who pioneered the beginning of the CIA. He utilized secret diplomacy and dangerous missions to shape world events. His long career began in the early 1900s, continuing into the Atomic Age!
Mashbir so embraced the Japanese language and culture, that he 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 the end of World War II, President Barack Obama awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation's highest civilian honor, to the thousands of mainly Nisei, Japanese Americans, who had served under Colonel Mashbir's command in a top secret intelligence organization called ATIS. This award was given in recognition of their major contributions to winning that conflict.
The Emperor and the Spy is an historical novel based on the author's acquisition of Colonel Mashbir's never-before-revealed intimate letters, secret official documents, and photographs. It is a rare occasion when the personal papers of a spy come to light! These primary source materials, along with other diverse historical archives were extensively researched. This was combined with interviews with Mashbir's family, giving a new window to history!
©2015 STAN S. KATZ (P)2016 STAN S. KATZ
Author of Ugly Drawers, Pretty Panties
This was an amazing story of an unsung American hero and I'm so glad I got a chance to read it. Stan really brought Mashbir's life to life!
Colonel Mashbir is not a name that springs to mind when discussing American military and world events in the first half of the 20th century. But it should. He spent a lifetime in service to his country, and in so doing, decades in service to the world in general and specifically to Japan. His friendship with Emperor Hirohito was hugely important in the surrender and rebuilding of Japan after WW2, and General MacArthur relied heavily on Mashbir's knowledge of Japanese culture. I enthusiastically commend this book to your attention.
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