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ISBN: 0151005133 / ISBN-13: 9780151005130

Spytime: The Undoing of James Jesus Angleton


The rise and fall of a legendary spymaster; Brims with erudite espionage and intelligent intelligence; The ultimate in spy novels - real characters ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.000

Extra Vocabulary and a Twist at the Ending

by EdoRoshi on Dec 27, 2007

Link any Buckley book, every few pages there is a word that even an experienced reader must look up: "grateful ORISONS of history" p.6, "Something eclatant." p.8, "from his eyrie in Bern" p.9, "De mortuis nil nisi bonum" p. 56, "But then there was the fillip" p. 120, "I am a satyr witness" p. 121, "a nice romantic bowdlerization of the world" p. 129, "the dormer window" p. 143, "full Arab aba gowns" p. 149, "as if a tonsure was his purpose" p. 150, "put on his pince-nez" p. 186, "At first there was just the rebab, p. 194, "any hemidemisemiquaver in the Communist line" p. 197, and my favorite "the placid remains of his ardor" p. 211 -- and many more. The story moves quickly, has reasonable coverage of Angleton's early career in Italy, and includes a very surprising ending that I won't spoil for you. Espionage, betrayal, mystery, violence and of course sex -- all the perfect ingredients for an interesting espionage novel, told only as William can.


Exciting and well written spy novel

by martyrr on Sep 6, 2007

I really liked all the references to real-world events of the time. Very interesting and well written...if you like the whole spy thing, you'll enjoy this one!

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