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Six Car Lengths Behind an Elephant: Undercover & Overwhelmed as a CIA Wife and Mother

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A charming and unusual portrait of the secret life. – John le Carré

Pico Iyer writes,"Lillian McCloy gives us the story of a life spent around secret intelligence that is funny and charming and in every wonderful sense, deeply spooky.”

Imagine keeping a secret so important that it could threaten your spouse or children’s lives if it were discovered.

- Imagine that secret be
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Published July 7th 2016 by Bordertown Publishing
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Lillian McCloy's debut memoir, Six Car Lengths Behind an Elephant: Undercover & Overwhelmed as a CIA Wife and Mother, is a fascinating inside look at an undercover life. McCloy is a brilliant story teller, sharing honest emotions without becoming sentimental. Her husband's new assignments required learning to live in new and diverse cultures and often created palpable tension. This is a fascinating reading adventure. Sometimes I had to remind myself this is not a novel, its Lillian's life. Wow!

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From 1964 to 1982, former Marine fighter pilot Frank McCloy served under deep cover in the CIA in Madrid, Delhi, Tokyo, and Caracas. But he was far from alone. His wife, Lillian, and three young children shared the experience with him of culture shock, life-threatening illness, and danger from lunatic drivers and dismissed servants. And five years after Frank's untimely death in 1986, Lillian McCloy began writing about that experience in a revealing memoir, Six Car Lengths Behind an Elephant.

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It is moment by moment - raw emotions- honest . Gives you a good sense for what that life was like.
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