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working on September espionage reading list, looking for suggestions

From: Anne
Sent on: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 11:20 AM
Hi to all, hope everyone is having a very delightful summer.

As you know from earlier emails and/or looking at the September meeting page, our topic for that meeting is espionage.  Here are the books I have tentatively put on the list so far:

Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Ring by Alexander Rose 

TheSecret Lives of Codebreakers: The Men and Women Who Cracked the Enigma Code at Bletchley Parkby Sinclair McKay

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold: A George Smiley Novel by John Le Carre

Spy: The Inside Story of How the FBI's Robert Hanssen Betrayed America by David Wise

As you can see, I've tried for a mix of historical periods, but the list is all from the American or British point of view.  If you know an entertaining and widely available book from a different tradition or maybe ancient cultures, please do let me know.

I just finished Ian McEwan's Sweet Tooth which is partly set in British intelligence in the early 70s and is kind of a counterpoint to the grim grayness of Le Carre.  It's a little bit of a stretch to say it's about espionage, but if someone else commits to reading it for the meeting I will be glad to add it.

As always, I am always looking for suggestions for topics for future meetings.  Sometimes we go by theme, sometimes by genre, take a look at some of the past meeting pages and you will see that the topics are sometimes very broad, sometimes less so, but a) encompass a variety of books of general interest, and b) aren't super fight-inducing.

Looking forward to any and all suggestions,


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