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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (72 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William F. Buckley Narrator: Raymond Todd Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2005 ISBN: 9781455177547
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James Jesus Angleton was a legend in the time of spies. Founder of US counterintelligence at the end of World War II, ruthless hunter of moles and enemies of America, his name is synonymous with skullduggery and intellectual subterfuge. William F. Buckley Jr. presents a subtle and thrilling fictional account of the spymaster’s life.

From his early involvement in the World War II underground to the waning days of the Cold War, Angleton pursued his enemies with a cool, calculating intelligence. Convinced that there was a turncoat within the CIA itself, he confused his enemy by deceptive feints in order to distort his real objective: to capture and expose a traitor. The result was near-victory for American Intelligence—and defeat for himself.

A brilliant re-creation of his world, Spytime traces the making and tragic unmaking of a man without peer and, in the end, a man without a country to serve.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The ultimate in spy novels—with real characters and studied speculation on certain events by Buckley, who met many of the key players—this is a tense, heroic tale of a real Cold War legend.”

    New York Daily News

  • “[Spytime] is a tense, heroic tale of a real Cold War legend.”

    New York Daily News

  • “Sure to be a favorite, this novel successfully explores the enigmatic life of a Cold Warrior.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 3/19/2013

    " I don't think I have ever read a Buckley novel that I did not like. For me this book was really interesting because many of the events were key battles in the Cold War. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian Jones | 10/17/2012

    " I wish I enjoyed it more because many of the parts were excellent spy novel stuff, but the third (and longest) section seemed to go so far afield that the final (and shortest) section struggled to bring things back to the central character study. Really intriguing individual moments, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 9/16/2012

    " I don't enjoy fiction, but I am hooked on Buckley's series of Blackford Oake's novels. "Spytime" is the last installment of the eleven-book series about a Cold War spy and his travails. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dexter | 6/25/2011

    " An entertaining read. I always enjoy Buckley's style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 2/20/2011

    " I don't enjoy fiction, but I am hooked on Buckley's series of Blackford Oake's novels. "Spytime" is the last installment of the eleven-book series about a Cold War spy and his travails. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 6/26/2009

    " I don't think I have ever read a Buckley novel that I did not like. For me this book was really interesting because many of the events were key battles in the Cold War. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dexter | 6/3/2009

    " An entertaining read. I always enjoy Buckley's style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 9/3/2008

    " I wish I enjoyed it more because many of the parts were excellent spy novel stuff, but the third (and longest) section seemed to go so far afield that the final (and shortest) section struggled to bring things back to the central character study. Really intriguing individual moments, though. "

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About the Author

William F. Buckley Jr. (1925–2008)—a syndicated columnist, author, editor, television host, and adventurer—was the founder of National Review and the host of the Emmy Award–winning Firing Line, the longest-running public affairs program in television history with a single host. Buckley was the award-winning author of many bestsellers, starting with God and Man at Yale.

About the Narrator

Raymond Todd is an actor and director in the theater as well as a poet and documentary filmmaker. He plays jazz trombone for the Leatherstocking quartet, an ensemble that gets its name from one of his favorite Blackstone narrations, The Deerslayer. Todd lives in New York.