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From courageous widow to avenging spy! A book review of The Widow Spy (2012)

The Widow Spy is a real-life thriller that begins with a seemingly typical American housewife, Martha (“Marti”) D. Peterson, who in an unusual gesture invites her two teenage children out to lunch. This is twenty years after the main events subsequently depicted in the book. She had remarried and was living what appeared to be …

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Spying from the belly of the beast in the Revolutionary Guards of Iran

A Time to Betray: The Astonishing Double Life of a CIA Agent Inside the Revolutionary Guards of Iran by Reza Kahlili is one of the most heartrending and enthralling accounts I have ever read of courage, dissimulation, and personal suffering in the genre of espionage memoirs. This is the story of a courageous man, who …

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Faria: Fidel Castro, Cuban Intelligence and the Assassination of JFK

A book published last year by Brian Latell, a professor, scholar, and retired CIA officer who had been active in foreign intelligence for 35 years, has not received the attention it deserves. The book, Castro’s Secrets: The CIA and Cuba’s Intelligence Machine (2012) relies extensively on information provided by half a dozen Cuban defectors and …

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Cloak and Dagger Dullness While Bashing the CIA! — A review of the movie The Good Shepherd (2006)

On the DVD cover of the movie “The Good Shepherd,” former late night, talk show host Larry King wrote in the blurb, “The Best Spy movie ever.” He is completely wrong on this one! This film is, perhaps, one of the worst ever, but certainly not the best — not by a long shot! And …

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Farewell: The Greatest Spy Story of the Twentieth Century by Sergei Kostin and Eric Raynaud

The disintegration of the USSR is inextricably entwined and intimately related to the life and times, failures and accomplishments, paradoxes and contradictions of the courageous Russian who is the subject of this book — a man with tenacious clarity of purpose and the steely determination to carry on through and accomplish his goal at any …

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