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A Covert Life

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A Covert Life by Ted Morgan
Oct 05, 2011 | ISBN 9780307805669

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Praise for A Covert Life

A major contribution to the history of the Cold War and a terrific tale of intrigue, intellectual passion, and betrayal. Relying on extraordinary new documents from the files of the FBI, Morgan has brought one of the Cold War’s most effective spies out of the shadows."
–Kai Bird, author of The Color of Truth: McGeorge Bundy and William Bundy, Brothers in Arms

A masterly tale about one of the master strategists of the Cold War. This is a truly important as well as engrossing contribution to the history of our times."
   –James Chace, author of Acheson: The Secretary of State Who Created the American World

A joy to read . . . One by one, the dark places in America’s Cold War are coming into the light. The work of that bizarre man Jay Lovestone is one of those important unknowns; Ted Morgan was all prepared and on the spot the day Lovestone’s most private papers were unsealed. He has come up with an absorbing narrative that will change the way we think of the American labor movement and its undercover role in fighting Communism."
–Peter Grose, author of Gentleman Spy: The Life of Allen Dulles

An outstanding achievement…Every student of the Cold War will need A Covert Life on a nearby shelf."
–John Earl Haynes, co-author of The Secret World of American Communism

This wonderful book bristles with revelations and breakthroughs . . . a compendium of open larceny and amorous escapades by some of the starchiest of our Cold War icons."
–Burton Hersh, author of The Old Boys: The American Elite and the Origins of the CIA

A Covert Life is a story as full of energy as Jay Lovestone. Anecdotal, human, and sexy, it shines a brilliant light into the murk and deceits of the Cold War spy trade. For the intelligence connoisseur, not to be missed."                                
–David Kahn, author of The Codebreakers        

In this fascinating study, Ted Morgan not only removes the veil hiding one of the Cold War’s most mysterious figures, but also illuminates the secret links between the CIA and the American labor movement."
–Ronald Steel, author of Walter Lippmann and the American Century

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