The Rice Paddy Navy

Hardcover $24.95

Nov 20, 2012 | 316 Pages

Ebook $9.95

Nov 20, 2012 | 304 Pages

  • Hardcover $24.95

    Nov 20, 2012 | 316 Pages

  • Ebook $9.95

    Nov 20, 2012 | 304 Pages


The Rice Paddy Navy imparts illuminating insights into the secret organization of US Navy personnel and Chinese guerillas during one of the darkest periods in the 20th century.”
–Jonathan Veres, (January 2013)

“The U.S. Navy conducting intelligence operations in the inner regions of China? Including arming and directing guerrilla bands to fight the Japanese? As far-fetched as that might sound, such is exactly what happened in World War II, in what was one of the best kept secrets of the war. Although several books have been published about the “rice paddy navy,” Linda Kush’s book is the most thorough exploration of the work of an extraordinary joint venture, the Sino-American Cooperative Organization (SACO).”
–The Washington Times

“There is so much depth and insight here, that it is an unparalleled achievement based on source materials and key to any definitive collection covering events of the times.”
- The Midwest Book Review (February 2013)

“…Linda Kush reveals the story of this covert operation, uncovering the military accomplishments, diplomatic ties, and political wrangling that colored one of the most successful—and little known— efforts of World War II.”
- Reading Room Book Reviews (June 2013)

“I recommend this book to any and all readers with an interest in the clandestine operations of the Second World War. This book opens new vistasinto what went on behind the scenes and how they affected victory in the Pacific in the long run. Anyone with an interest in military history or little known naval operations will truly enjoy this book.”
- Richard Mataka,

“Linda Kush masterfully presented the rich history of SACO, of its commanding officer Milton “Mary” Miles, and its Chinese sponsor Dai Li. She vividly described the WW2-era America which understood so little about China (in fact, most Americans probably cared to understand) about China, and how Miles differed from most of the Americans who looked down on the Chinese. The Rice Paddy Navy offered a great deal of new information about the war behind Japanese lines and about a theater of war that many western readers would be unfamiliar with. I highly recommend this title to all WW2DB visitors.”  –C. Peter Chen, World War II Database

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