Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Company by Robert Littell

The Company by Robert Littell

If you are the kind of person who wishes they were a spy during the Cold War (which I do) you will love this book. Beginning in the 1940s, The Company traces the history and development of the CIA, taking in events such as the Bay of Pigs fiasco, Watergate and the Soviet invasion of Afganistan.

Told through the eyes of four friends from Yale who rise through the ranks of the CIA and KGB. Stories of defections and the CIA attempt to assassinate Castro using the Italian Mafia had me riveted.

This is faction of the best kind, weaving rumours and conspiracy theories about the CIA with actual events.

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