"Blaine Harden's King of Spies is jaw-droppingly good -- a quirky, unlikely, thrilling true story of intrigue and daring and depravity told by a master of the genre."
--David Maraniss, author of Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story "King of Spies is a dark story of espionage and evil by a wild American military spymaster in Korea, a tale both revelatory and tragic. Blaine Harden's superb book throws open a long-ignored chapter in the Korean War; a compelling and disturbing read, not to be missed."
--David E. Hoffman, author of The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal "Blaine Harden has now produced a fascinating trilogy of stranger-than-fiction books about North Korea. His latest, King of Spies, is about a gay, middle school dropout who was one of the few U.S. officials to predict the outbreak of the Korean War and whose espionage activities had a profound impact on the course of the war. You've probably never heard of Donald Nichols, but you'll never forget him after reading King of Spies."
--Barbara Demick, author of Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea "A thrilling real-life spy story told by a terrific writer."
--Tim Weiner, author of Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA "Blaine Harden has done what no one else thought to do in seven decades: He's brought us the full, secret, astonishing story of one of the most improbably powerful characters in American history, and he has done so with crystalline writing and in jaw-dropping detail."
--Steve Twomey, author of Countdown to Pearl Harbor: The Twelve Days to the Attack "Many accounts of the Korean War are full of mystery, hinting at horrific crimes and large-scale covert operations. King of Spies pierces that mystery through the story of a remarkable American operative who took his mission to mind-boggling extremes. The adventures that fill these pages, from bleak battlefields to the corridors of power, tell us much about how the world really works."
--Stephen Kinzer, author of Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq
Praise for The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot "Blaine Harden has done more than anyone else to bring [North Korea] to a mass audience. . . . Thrilling stuff."
--The Washington Post "A riveting book that makes the history of North Korea accessible to the general reader."
--Wall Street Journal "An eminently readable picture of our most under-remembered war."
--The Daily Beast
Praise for Escape From Camp 14:
"Harden's book, besides being a gripping story, unsparingly told, carries a freight of intelligence about this black hole of a country."
--Bill Keller, The New York Times
"A remarkable story."
--The Wall Street Journal
"A riveting new biography . . . If you want a singular perspective on what goes on inside the rogue regime, then you must read [this] story."