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Author, Journalist Blaine Harden to Discuss ‘The Korean Crisis’ at Alma Mater GU Nov. 1

SPOKANE, Wash. – Seattle author, journalist and distinguished Gonzaga University alumnus Blaine Harden will discuss “The Korean Crisis” in a free, public lecture at noon, Wednesday, Nov. 1 in the Hemmingson Center Auditorium. Harden is the author of the newly published “King of Spies: The Dark Reign of America’s Spymaster in Korea.”

Harden’s investigative biography reveals the spectacular rise and sordid fall of one of Cold War America’s most notable intelligence operatives, Donald Nichols (1923-1992).

A 1974 Gonzaga graduate, Harden was honored with an honorary Doctor of Letters degree by his alma mater at commencement in 2015. For 28 years, he worked for The Washington Post as a correspondent in Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia, as well as in New York and Seattle. For four years, he was a local and national correspondent for The New York Times and a writer for the Times Magazine. He is a reporter and consultant for the PBS documentary series Frontline, and he has written for The Economist, Time, Foreign Policy, National Geographic and the Guardian. His books have been excerpted in The Wall Street Journal, Politico, The Guardian, Le Monde, Der Spiegel and performed on the air by BBC Radio productions.

Harden’s 2015 book, “The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot,” is about the rise of Kim Il Sung (grandfather of current North Korean leader Kim Jung Un) and a young fighter pilot who stole his way to freedom with the help of a Russian-made MiG-15. His 2012 book, “Escape from Camp 14, was an international bestseller about Shin Dong-hyuk, the only person born in a North Korean prison camp to escape to the West. Harden also authored “A River Lost about the Columbia River. His first book, “Africa: Dispatches from a Fragile Continent,” was described by The Independent (London) as the “best contemporary book on Africa.”

For more information, contact Michael Treleaven, associate professor and chair of political science at Gonzaga, at (509) 313-6698.

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