W.E.B. Griffin calls it "a modern classic of military history". Douglas Brinkley says it reads "like a John le Care thriller." Stephen Coonts finds it a "first person account of heroism, resolve, and ultimate triumph that will touch every American." It is all of that, and more.
THE SECRETS OF INCHON is a remarkable story of heroism and courage, only now come to light after fifty-years: the true account of Navy Commander (then Lieutenant) Eugene Franklin Clark-a man, according to his colleagues, with "the nerves of a burglar and the flair of a Barbary Coast pirate"-and the daring covert mission that helped change the course of the Korean War.
In the year 2000, historian Thomas Fleming published an article about a crucial but little-known mission of the Korean War, led by a thirty-nine-year-old Navy lieutenant named Eugene Clark. After it appeared, Clark's widow told Fleming that her husband had written up his own account, which was now in a safe-deposit box. Would he like to read it? Fleming would-and when he did, he discovered an extraordinary document: a vividly written first-person chronicle, filled with color, detail, and event, as honest and revealing a wartime narrative as he'd read in many years.
In late August 1950, with North Korea on the attack, General Douglas MacArthur battled his own colleagues over his plan to invade Inchon, behind enemy lines. They simply knew too little about the dangerous tides and miles of mudflats, beaches, seawalls, and fortifications. It was suicide, they said. MacArthur convinced them barely, and then brought in Clark, because they were right: they did know too little. Clark had to find the answers-and do it in only two weeks, because that was all the time there was.
With two South Korean officers, Clark landed on a harbor island and set to work, but the North Koreans discovered him, and soon his intelligence gathering became filled with firefights, night raids, hand-to-hand combat, even a miniature naval battle involving armed junks. It all culminated on the night of the invasion itself-when he and his men took over a lighthouse to guide the allied fleet in.
Clark's is a stunning account rich with both adventure and humanity, infused by his growing brotherhood with his new found allies -- indeed, a modern classic of military history.
"An authentic American hero -- Commander Eugene Franklin Clark, USN-jumps out from the pages of this riveting Korean War memoir, which reads like a John le Carre thriller. THE SECRETS OF INCHON is the story of a fearless intelligence officer whose covert activities paved the way for General MacArthur's celebrated amphibious invasion. An instant American classic!"
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