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:

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This chapter explains the reasons for studying and writing about Dai Li and the Nationalist secret service of China. It explains that despite what has been written and what is known about Dai Li, he forever remained morally equivocal and an enigma, perhaps even to Chiang Kai-shek himself. It suggests that if Dai Li was not wholly monstrous, then he was at best cunningly ambiguous and that he could be admired and respected for his ability to navigate the perilous shoals of Chiang Kai-shek's fractious court while commanding the awe and deference of his followers.

Keywords: Dai Li; Nationalist secret service; China; Chiang Kai-shek; morally equivocal

Chapter.  422 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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