February 25, 2024

Book review: The Korean War and the birth of modern American espionage

‘Agents of Subversion’ reveals how the conflict provided a shot in the arm for a fledgling agency called the CIA

There is no shortage of gripping tales and heartbreaking stories from the Korean War. Most narratives feature epic battles, larger-than-life military commanders and ideological suspicions that tore apart millions of families. 

But comparatively little has been written about the espionage and shadowy spies that drove the first hot theater of the Cold War.