Sterling Seagrave

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Sterling Seagrave : biography

15 April 1937 –

Sterling Seagrave an American historian (b. 1937), is author of The Soong Dynasty, The Marcos Dynasty, Gold Warriors and numerous other books which address unofficial and clandestine aspects of 20th Century political history of the countries in the Far East.


As an investigative journalist in Asia, Seagrave contributed to many major newspapers and magazines. His other books include The Yamato Dynasty: The Secret History of Japan’s Imperial Family, Opération Lys d’or (Operation Golden Lily in English), Yellow Rain: A Journey Through the Terror of Chemical Warfare, and Dragon Lady.

In its review of Gold Warriors: America’s Secret Recovery of Yamashita’s Gold, which dealt with allegations that post World War II the CIA had misappropriated billions of dollars of Japanese war loot, BBC History Magazine noted that whilst "numerous gaps remain…. this is an important story, with far-reaching implications, that deserves to receive further attention".

Early life

Born in Columbus, Ohio on April 15, 1937, Seagrave grew up on the China-Burma border, the fifth generation of an American family living in the Orient for nearly two centuries (his father was Dr. Gordon Seagrave, author of Burma SurgeonSeagrave, Gordon S., Burma Surgeon, W. W. Norton & Company, New York, 1943).

Personal life

He and his wife and collaborator, Peggy Sawyer Seagrave, live in Europe.