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Falling Star

Frederic Wakeman

in Spymaster

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780520234079
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928763 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520234079.003.0025
Falling Star

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This chapter focuses on the fall and death of Dai Li. It discusses the breakup of Juntong, Dai Li's death in an airplane accident outside Nanjing and the civil war between the Nationalists and Communists. It highlights Milton Miles' offer to be responsible for the education of Dai Li's adopted daughter in America after he was not permitted to attend Dai Li's funeral and the two entirely converse dimensions to the historical persona of the late Dai Li. It explains that for the Communists on the mainland of China Dai Li was the very symbol of evil but not at least for some of the Nationalists in Taiwan he remained a heroic figure, the spymaster who might have saved China from its worst enemies.

Keywords: Dai Li; Juntong; death; Milton Miles; civil war; communists; nationalists; China; Taiwan

Chapter.  8453 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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