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The Company by Robert Littell
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Jul 11, 2009

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This was my first Littell book and I found him to be the best American spy writer I have read. His knowledge of CIA workings is comparable to LeCarre with MI-6.
This book follows a set of characters through the beginnings of the CIA and the spy hunt for double agents in the 50's-60's by James "Jesus" Angleton following the Brittish discovery of Soviet double agent Kim Philby in MI-6. It could be viewed as the American equivalent of LeCarre's Tinker, Tailor novel. It is written with an insider's view and rings with authenticity.
The recent movie "The Good Shepard" had pretty much the same story line but compares woefully to this masterly telling.
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Ronald Holt Thanks for the review, Mike.


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