South Korea: The Exile's Last Return

Soon after World War II, when the image of Russia as America's ally in arms still loomed large and benevolent, one crisp voice from the Orient peppered Washington with warning after angry warning about Communist intentions. It was the voice of Dr. Syngman Rhee, who in 1948, at the age of 73, had finally realized his dream of six decades by becoming the first freely elected President of a democratic republic in Korea. To the consternation of Washington officials, the doughty little Korean wanted from the start to ram a hard fist...

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