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An Intriguing Life: A Memoir of War, Washington, and Marriage to an American Spymaster
by Cynthia Helms (Goodreads Author)
From wartime England to Nixon’s America and beyond, Cynthia Helms was witness to some of the seminal events of our time—Vietnam, Watergate, and especially the demoralization of the CIA in the 1970s for political purposes. Opening with her feminist “epiphany” in 1968 (the annus horribilus as she describes it) that led her to end her first marriage of 24 years, this memoir r ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published December 16th 2012 by Rowman & Littlefield
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I love memoirs and this one didn't disappoint. I didn't know a lot about the Helms; I learned a lot and it was very interesting to step back in time and relook at political events through the eyes of someone involved with intelligence. I guess it makes sense that we don't hear things from that perspective since they sign secrecy agreements. All I've heard is how terrible the CIA is and instead this talked about how they are simply doing their jobs and following orders from higher up the politica ...more
This is a charming and disarming memoir of a woman who has recorded her exciting and memorable life with the perfect level of detail. She drops a lot of famous names but each one is associated with keen observations and personal experiences. Her descriptions of the current events of her years, enhanced by the knowledge she gained as the wife of CIA chief Richard Helms, gave color to my remembrances of these same events.