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The Quiet Americans by Scott Anderson

The Quiet Americans

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The Quiet Americans by Scott Anderson
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Sep 01, 2020 | ISBN 9780385540452

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“In this sweeping, vivid, beautifully observed book, Scott Anderson unearths the devastating secret history of how the Unites States lost the plot during the Cold War. By focusing on the twisty, colorful lives of four legendary spies, Anderson distills the larger geopolitical saga into an intimate story of flawed but talented men, of the ‘disease of empires,’ and of the inescapable moral hazard of American idealism and power. It’s a hell of a book, with themes about the unintended consequences of espionage and interventionism that still resonate, powerfully, today.” 
Patrick Radden Keefe, author of SAY NOTHING
 
“Anderson delivers a complex, massively scaled narrative, balancing prodigious research with riveting storytelling skills…Over the course of the narrative, the author amply shows how the CIA was increasingly pushed to function as an instrument of politically charged ambitions. An engrossing history of the early days of the CIA.”
 
Kirkus Review (Starred)
 
“Anderson notes the harrowing emotional cost on his subjects…as the U.S. threw its support behind autocratic leaders and missed opportunities to aid legitimate liberation movements such as the 1956 Hungarian revolution. Such blunders, Anderson writes, recast the U.S. from WWII savior to “one more empire in the mold of all those that had come before.” Laced with vivid character sketches and vital insights into 20th-century geopolitics, this stand-out chronicle helps to make sense of the world today.”
 
Publisher’s Weekly (Starred)

“Anderson weaves his narrative among the lives of his subjects, highlighting aspects of their livelihoods as American spies that were at times equally frustrating, ridiculous, and chillingly dangerous…A fascinating and compulsively readable account of wartime spying.”
 
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