MacArthur’s Spies: The Soldier, the Singer, and the Spymaster Who Defied the Japanese in World War II

Author Peter Eisner
Thursday, November 9, 2017, 7:00 pm

Longtime journalist Peter Eisner’s MACARTHUR’S SPIES: The Soldier, the Singer, and the Spymaster Who Defied the Japanese in World War II (Viking) tells the incredible true story of the American civilians and soldiers who risked their lives to defy the Japanese occupation of the Philippines during the war. Tonight he will talk about this true story and how he discovered a long buried cache of documents at the National Archives, including Claire Phillips’s handwritten diary. Eisner tells the true story of three Americans who risked their lives to defy the Japanese occupation. The three, who might remind you of the fictional triangle from Casablanca are the real Claire Phillips, an American torch singer, Colonel John Boone, an enlisted American soldier who led a crafty insurgent force, and Chick” Parsons, an accomplished American polo player, expatriate in Manila, and Naval intelligence officer who coordinated guerilla efforts with the planned Allied invasion. Peter Eisner, a veteran foreign correspondent and political editor, has worked at the Washington Post, Newsday, and the Associated Press. Eisner is the former managing director of the Center for Public Integrity. He is the author or coauthor of five previous books, including The Pope’s Last Crusade, The Italian Letter, and The Freedom Line, winner of the Christopher Award. He will also answer questions and sign books that will be on hand to purchase.