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The Hapsburg Variation
Eight years into his career with the CIA, Karl Baier once again finds himself on the front line of the Cold War. He is stationed in Vienna in the spring of 1955 as Austria and the four Allied Powers are set to sign the State Treaty, which will return Austria’s independence, end the country’s post-war occupation, and hopefully reduce tensions in the heart of Europe. But the ...more
Published November 15th 2017 by Coffeetown Press
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This is the second book in a series and I liked it well enough to eventually look up the first one and check it out too. It begins with a dead body, as all proper thrillers do, lying beside the Danube. It's the mid-fifties, and the 4 powers are just about to leave Vienna and the Austrians to their own devices. Outside, the Iron Curtain is going up, and it's spy v. spy v. spy--British, American, French, Soviets, Germans--and some players you can't recognize without a playbook. Fortunately, the au ...more
I may have spent the last thirty-five years as a diplomat/analyst working for the federal government, but I began my adult life as a professional historian. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in History and German, I received my M.A. in European History from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. I taught history at Iowa State University for o ...more