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Into Tibet: The CIA’s First Atomic Spy and His Secret Expedition to Lhasa
Thomas Laird (au)
Douglas Mackiernan was the first CIA agent killed in the line of duty. This book reveals the extraordinary still-classified missions that sent Mackiernan & his partner, Frank Bessac, into the heart of the Cold War. Mackiernan ventured into Russian-controlled territory to collect intelligence about uranium mining. Soon after, he helped create a system to detect Russia’s first atomic tests. When his role as a U.S. spy was blown, he set off for Tibet with Bessac. In 1950 the CIA worked covertly to recognize Tibet’s claim to independence, by arming Tibet weeks before it was invaded by Communist China. Although Mackiernan met a gruesome end, Bessac went on to meet the Dalai Lama in Lhasa & encouraged the Tibetans to request covert U.S. aid. Illus.
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