|Born||April 15, 1937|
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
|Died||May 1, 2017 (aged 80)|
|Occupation||Writer, investigative journalist, and historian|
|Spouse||Peggy Sawyer Seagrave|
|Children||Jocelyn (daughter); Sean (son)|
|Relatives||Gordon Seagrave (father)|
Sterling Seagrave (April 15, 1937 – May 1, 2017) was an American historian. He was the author of The Soong Dynasty, The Marcos Dynasty, Gold Warriors and numerous other books which address unofficial and clandestine aspects of the 20th-century political history of countries in the Far East.
Born in Columbus, Ohio on April 15, 1937, Seagrave grew up on the China-Myanmar 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 Surgeon). He and his family moved to Corpus Christi, Texas and he attended W. B. Ray Highschool from 1953 to 1955.
Seagrave's collaborator and wife of 35 years was Peggy Sawyer Seagrave, who died about a year before her husband.
Seagrave died on May 1, 2017 in France, where he had been living for more than 30 years with his wife. Seagrave's death was not announced publicly until July 31, 2017.
Seagrave worked as an investigative journalist in Asia, and he contributed to several major newspapers and magazines. His 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
- RED SKY in the morning
- Dragon Lady
Donald G. Gillin, a Sinologist affiliated with Hoover Institution, wrote a book Falsifying China's History: The Case of Sterling Seagrave's The Soong Dynasty, in which he criticised Seagrave's book The Soong Dynasty as being biased against Chiang Kai-shek.
Dragon Lady challenges the notion that the Empress Dowager Cixi used the Boxers in the Boxer Rebellion. Kang Youwei is said to be the source of false stories which stained her reputation. In the book, Cixi is portrayed sympathetically.
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 (the titular Yamashita's Gold), BBC History Magazine noted that whilst "numerous gaps remain.... this is an important story, with far-reaching implications, that deserves to receive further attention".