Peggy Seagrave

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Peggy with her husband Sterling Seagrave
BornWashington DC
Alma materUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
SpouseSterling Seagrave
Interests • JFK Assassination
• Japan
• China
• Yamashita's gold
Co-author of several highly interesting books on Asian deep politics and history.

Peggy Sawyer Seagrave was born in Washington, D.C., and graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She first worked in the film archives of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, at the National Archives. She then joined the Smithsonian Institution to produce exhibits and publications for the Bicentennial Celebrations, and the Hall of American Enterprise . Moving to TIME-LIFE Books, she became a senior researcher and senior picture editor producing many volumes in their popular historical series on World War II, Seafaring, and Planet Earth.[1]


Peggy Seagrave worked with Sterling Seagrave on The Soong Dynasty and other books, and became co-author of Dragon Lady - The Life and Legend of the Last Empress of China. Re-investigating the "evil" Manchu empress Tzu Hsi, the Seagraves showed how her image as a murderous, sex-crazed monster was concocted and spread around the world by the Times correspondent George E. Morrison and his ally, the counterfeit historian and art forger Sir Edmund Backhouse. At the Mitchell Library in Australia, Peggy Seagrave discovered that the Boxer Siege of the Peking Legations in 1900 was largely the invention of Morrison, who kept a secret diary contradicting his triumphalist reports published by The Times.

The Yamato Dynasty is the first multi-generational biography of the Japanese imperial family to include its women. Among other revelations, they revealed for the first time that Hirohito’s mother was secretly a Quaker with close ties to a Quaker network in Wall Street. They also show how Hirohito's brother, Prince Chichibu, headed a secret campaign to loot twelve Asian countries and colonies conquered by Japan during the half-century from 1895 to 1945. With the collusion of US Quakers, Hirohito was exonerated of war guilt, and Japan pretended to be bankrupt, using the hidden war loot to regain its place as a world economic power and America’s far right bastion in East Asia.

Their 2005 book Gold Warriors is a close look at how Japan systematically looted Asia, and what happened to the plundered treasure after 1945 when it was secretly recovered by Washington and used as a global slush fund. Writing in The London Review of Books, Chalmers Johnson said: “Gold Warriors is easily the best guide available to the scandal of 'Yamashita's gold', and the authors play fair with their readers by supplying them with massive amounts of their raw research materials.”[2]


  2. Chalmers Johnson, The Looting of Asia, London Review of Books (20th November, 2003)