By Donald P. Gregg
Pot Shards is a memoir, in line with the author's memorable stories. Donald P. Gregg spent thirty-one years as an operations officer in CIA and ten years within the White condo below presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan and vp 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 leap out of airplanes and retailer the world!" With raucous humor, he describes his parachute education and arctic survival direction in Idaho. His booklet is a window into the chilly War-era CIA, either its failings (twenty years in a chinese language penitentiary for an in depth buddy) and unheralded successes, together with Gregg's function 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 struggle illustrate in actual fact the problems of conversing fact to strength with sharp-edged encounters with Robert McNamara, Curtis LeMay, and numerous generals. Gregg labored successfully opposed to torture while encountered in either Vietnam and Korea. within the White condo, Gregg used to be inspired through vp Bush's price as "the rudder on Reagan's sailboat," unseen yet critical. 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 by way of North Korea, has visited that secretive state six occasions, as lately as February 2014. Gregg regularly stresses discussion over demonization in facing the North Koreans. "Don Gregg is that real and admirable factor: a very good American. He spent such a lot of his lifestyles serving his nation: within the CIA, on the White apartment and as a US ambassador. He has tales to inform, lots of them gripping, and they're fantastically and movingly recollected right here during this memoir of a most suitable life." -Christopher Buckley "A own witness to many years of mostly hidden intelligence and diplomatic background, Donald Gregg recounts his not likely and remarkable occupation as a CIA officer, nationwide safety consultant, and US diplomat. His adventures and insider wisdom people kin with East Asian international locations over many many years make for a full of life narrative, unique for the final reader and necessary for severe students alike. via all of it, Ambassador Gregg expresses a traditional heat and quandary for humanity that makes his tale a really own journey." -Nicholas Dujmovic, Ph.D., CIA employees Historian, middle for the learn of Intelligence
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A human hyperlink used to be validated via laughter, because it used to be while I positioned my fingers round the Kwangju males and informed the police to allow them to pass. In either Kwangju and Pyongyang, I fast famous i used to be facing Koreans, no longer a few unusual breed of lovers, and they may reply to my humanity when they observed that I revered theirs. exchange kin among South Korea and the U.S. frequently posed contentious difficulties for the embassy. as soon as, a slightly unsophisticated minister of alternate introduced unexpectedly the cancellation of long-standing buy orders for advertisement airplane from either Boeing and McDonnell Douglas. The cancellation was once the Korean official’s try and steer clear of an expected spike in politically delicate import expenses. I quick got outraged calls from either U. S. businesses, protesting the cancellation. As one govt placed it, “The airplane are nearly accomplished; we're approximately to color the insignia on their tails. ” I speedy made calls to Korean Air and Asiana, which had ordered the U. S. plane, to determine how the Koreans felt concerning the cancelled purchases. either businesses have been simply as offended as Boeing and McDonnell Douglas. that they had bought touchdown rights and outfitted new amenities in anticipation of the arriving in their new jets, and so they have been dealing with heavy monetary losses if the airplane didn't arrive on agenda. Feeling very convinced, I put a mobilephone name to the cupboard minister in query and informed him of the undesirable emotions at Korean Air and Asiana. That was once all it took; the minister quietly placed the purchases again on the right track. over again, a U. S. corporation was once locked in tight festival with a eu company to promote antisubmarine battle (ASW) plane to South Korea. The sale was once an important to the U. S. corporation. the eu plane competing for the agreement was once new, almost untested, and attractively priced. through nice efforts at cost-cutting, the U. S. corporation used to be in a position to fit the overseas aircraft’s rate. We assumed this may clinch the sale for the U. S. part, because the American plane used to be popular to the Koreans and have been flown by way of them for years. yet such used to be no longer the case; information of the U. S. lower in fee have been stored from the Korean minister of security, and the yank corporation used to be approximately to lose the sale. Our well-informed safeguard connecté instructed me of this improvement, and that i instantly sought an appointment with the minister of safety, a guy I knew good. As diplomatically as i'll, operating via a Korean interpreter, I informed the minister that, after a few fee slicing, the U. S. airplane was once now as cheap as its overseas pageant, and that i prompt him to significantly think about purchasing the U. S. plane. A U. S. overseas provider officer fluent in Korean had followed me to this assembly and handed me a be aware indicating that the interpreter was once now not totally transmitting what I had stated and had intentionally passed over the decreasing of the U. S. fee. I selected to not make a subject of this on the time, and the assembly ended in a well mannered way as I thanked the minister for his consciousness.