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The Company by Robert Littell
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Jan 27, 2009

it was ok

A doorstop of a book (900+ pages) in the spy thriller genre, drawing on actual world events and history and scaffolded around what the author believes the CIA's role was. Painstakingly plotted, with many years/countries/coups covered. Has many "larger than life" spy guys and ancillary women, and super-evil Russian or other bad foreigners or turncoat spies. I personally most lost faith in the book's possible veracity when it went on over and over about some Russian baddie fondling naked preteen girls. However, I was sucked in enough by the plotting and/or constant march of events to finish the book. If nothing else, reorients or introduces one to timing & significance of Bay of Pigs, Suez, Afghanistan and other cold war era landmark events and places.

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