The good spy is a fascinating look at just how hard it actually is to be a good spy the most fascinating aspect of it may have been the hard stance the author took on israel we are so used to the united states always backing israel and considering the arabs to be nothing but bloodthirsty terrorist. The good spy is pulitzer prize winning biographer kai birds compelling portrait of the remarkable life and death of one of the most important operatives in cia history a man who had he lived might have helped heal the rift between arabs and the west on april 18 1983 a bomb exploded outside the american embassy in beirut killing 63 people. The good spy drama american cia operative robert ames attempts to forge a healthy relationship between the us and nations in the middle east but tragedy strikes in 1983 when a bomb detonates outside the american embassy in beruit. Kai birds new book the good spy is full of great morsels and details such as this letter also the biographer of prominent american figures such as john mccloy the bundy brothers and j . The good spy gives us the cia up close and personal the intricate dance of recruiting assets the bureaucratic maneuverings the family compromises but because ames was a mideast specialist his biography also becomes a knowing history of that regions political failures and relentless descent into violence
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