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Tiger Trap: America's Secret Spy War with China

by David Wise

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | June 14, 2011 | Hardcover

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For decades, while America obsessed over Soviet spies, China quietly penetrated the highest levels of government. Now, for the first time, based on numerous interviews with key insiders at the FBI and CIA as well as with Chinese agents and people close to them, David Wise tells the full story of China''s many victories and defeats in its American spy wars.Two key cases interweave throughout: Katrina Leung, code-named Parlor Maid, worked for the FBI for years, even after she became a secret double agent for China, aided by love affairs with both of her FBI handlers. Here, too, is the inside story of the case, code-named Tiger Trap, of a key Chinese-American scientist suspected of stealing nuclear weapons secrets. These two cases led to many others, involving famous names from Wen Ho Lee to Richard Nixon, stunning national security leaks, and sophisticated cyberspying. The story takes us up to the present, with a West Coast spy ring whose members were sentenced in 2010-but it surely will continue for years to come, as China faces off against America. David Wise''s history of China''s spy wars in America is packed with eye-popping revelations.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 304 Pages, 5.91 × 8.66 × 0.79 in

Published: June 14, 2011

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0547553102

ISBN - 13: 9780547553108

Found in: Social and Cultural Studies

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Tiger Trap: America's Secret Spy War with China

Tiger Trap: America's Secret Spy War with China

by David Wise

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 304 Pages, 5.91 × 8.66 × 0.79 in

Published: June 14, 2011

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0547553102

ISBN - 13: 9780547553108

About the Book

For decades, while America obsessed over Soviet spies, China quietly penetrated the highest levels of government. Now, for the first time, Wise tells the full story of China's many victories and defeats in its American spy wars.

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PRELUDE Scene 1 November 1997. Katrina Leung made a striking figure, standing there at the microphone in her brightly colored cheongsam Mandarin dress and jacket, her jet-black hair swept up in a tight bun as usual, the high cheekbones accenting her thin, angular face. She was joking with Jiang Zemin, the president of China, joshing and cajoling him to sing for the VIP audience of one thousand at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. "I will sing a song from a Chinese opera," President Jiang finally agreed, to the delight of the assembled dignitaries. "One silver moon over the window sill," he warbled in Mandarin, choosing an aria from The Capture and Release of Cao Cao, the classic tale of a conniving, murderous third-century warlord who is caught and sweet-talks his way out of trouble. Katrina Leung, at the time a prominent member of the Chinese American community in Los Angeles, had organized the 1997 dinner in honor of Jiang and was acting as his interpreter and emcee of the affair, basking in the spotlight, where she liked to be. Leung''s persuading the president of China to burst into song was the high point of the evening, and her coup created a major buzz in the room. If there had been any doubt before, the night at the Biltmore solidified her position as the most powerful Chinese American personality in Los Angeles. Leung appeared to move easily at the top of the worlds of politics and business in both the United States and China. How she managed to do so confounded eve
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Table of Contents

CONTENTS
1. A Thousand Grains of Sand 5
2. Parlor Maid 20
3. The Recruitment 29
4. Double Game 34
5. Destroy After Reading 42
6. "Holy Shit, Mr. Grove!" 50
7. Riding the Tiger: China and the Neutron Bomb 65
8. The Walk-in 71
9. Kindred Spirit: Wen Ho Lee 81
10. Sego Palm 99
11. Trouble in Paradise 109
12. Ethereal Throne: The Spy Who Never Was 121
13. Storm Clouds 134
14. The Counterspy 139
15. Royal Tourist 154
16. Richard Nixon and the Hong Kong Hostess 167
17. Anubis 176
18. Endgame 187
19. Eagle Claw 202
20. Red Flower 214
21. The Cyberspies 227
22. An Afterword 236
Author''s Note 243
Notes 247
Index 279
Prelude 1

From the Publisher

For decades, while America obsessed over Soviet spies, China quietly penetrated the highest levels of government. Now, for the first time, based on numerous interviews with key insiders at the FBI and CIA as well as with Chinese agents and people close to them, David Wise tells the full story of China''s many victories and defeats in its American spy wars.Two key cases interweave throughout: Katrina Leung, code-named Parlor Maid, worked for the FBI for years, even after she became a secret double agent for China, aided by love affairs with both of her FBI handlers. Here, too, is the inside story of the case, code-named Tiger Trap, of a key Chinese-American scientist suspected of stealing nuclear weapons secrets. These two cases led to many others, involving famous names from Wen Ho Lee to Richard Nixon, stunning national security leaks, and sophisticated cyberspying. The story takes us up to the present, with a West Coast spy ring whose members were sentenced in 2010-but it surely will continue for years to come, as China faces off against America. David Wise''s history of China''s spy wars in America is packed with eye-popping revelations.

About the Author

DAVID WISE''s bestselling books on espionage and national security include Spy: The Inside Story of How the FBI''s Robert Hanssen Betrayed America, Nightmover: How Aldrich Ames Sold the CIA to the KGB for $4.6 Million,  and The Invisible Government.

Editorial Reviews

"Wise''s conclusion is sobering--''China''s spying on America is ongoing, current, and shows no signs of diminishing--and his book is a fascinating history of Chinese espionage that should appeal to a diverse readership." - Publishers Weekly "David Wise has done it again. This time it''s China. He''s taken us deep into the American efforts to root out Chinese spies here and abroad. As always, Wise is the master - writing with clarity and style abou thte murky and consequential underworld of nuclear espionage." - Tom Brokaw "David Wise is a master of the nonfiction thriller and, once again, he delivers a fact-filled inside account, with sources named and no one spared, including some very amorous and reckless FBI agents. ? There is an important message in Tiger Trap -- about the often overlooked threat posed by China''s demonstrated ability to dig out America''s most important military and economic secrets." -Seymour M. Hersh "David Wise has given us a rare combination in today''s literary world -- a book that is great reading, while at the same time shedding light on a subject whose seriousness should concern every thinking American." - Jim Webb, U.S. Senator from Virginia , author of Born Fighting , Fields of Fire "Extraordinary. A stunningly detailed history of China''s spy war with us - from sexy socialite double agents to "kill switches" implanted offshore in the computer chips for our electric grid. Wise remains the master." - R. James Woolsey, former Director of Central
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