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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,773 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Littell Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Phoenix Books Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Robert Littell creates a multigenerational, wickedly nostalgic saga of the ClA - The Company to insiders. The fictional and historical characters of Robert Littell's novel reveal much of the nearly 50 years of this complex and powerful organization. At the heart is a mole hunt involving the CIA, M16, KGB, and Mossad, a stunningly conceived trip down the rabbit hole to the labyrinthine Alice-in-Wonderland world of espionage, a world where things have no names.

Racing across a landscape spanning the legendary Berlin Base of the '50s, the front line of the simmering Cold War Soviet invasion of Hungary, the Bay of Pigs, Afghanistan, and the Gorbachev putsch, The Company tells the thrilling story of agents imprisoned in double lives, fighting an enemy that is amoral, elusive, formidable.

Littell also lays bare the internecine warfare within The Company itself, adding another dimension to the spy vs. spy game. An atmosphere of distrust pits the counter-intelligence agents behind the desks in Washington, like the utterly obsessive real-life mole hunter James Jesus Angleton, against the covert action boys in the field, like The Company's Harvey Torriti, The Sorcerer, a brilliant and brash rules breaker, and his Apprentice, Jack McAuliffe, recruited fresh out of Yale, who learns both tradecraft and the hard truths of life in the field.

As this dazzling anatomy of the CIA unfolds, nothing less than the future is at stake. And the future is often only the day after tomorrow. At once a celebration of a long Cold War well fought and an elegy for the end of an era.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Doug | 2/16/2014

    " Very difficult read, too many characters to remember and author switches between the persons name and their code name throughout the book. Got very confusing, not one that I would recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jon | 2/5/2014

    " Awesome book in its scope and depth. One of the few books I have read twice. Read this book!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Corrie | 1/28/2014

    " This was a fun - albeit very LONG - book revolving around the history of the CIA and its clandestine services around the world. It provides an inside look at large historical events around the globe, shadowing 3 generations of CIA agents, watching as each generation falls into enemy hands. This is the kind of book that leaves you wondering if the entire text is fiction, as it seems as though it could all be real. My only criticism is that the book is just TOO LONG. Coming in close to 900 pages, it makes it really difficult to remember the cameo characters that inevitably get called back into action several hundred pages later to further the plot action. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lynda | 1/28/2014

    " This is the book that the movie The Good Shepherd was based on, but if you read it looking for Matt Damon's character, he isn't there, nor is much of his story line. At the same time, this is a well-written, good-time. I can't decide if it's Littell's skills with words or my current need for distraction (probably both!), but this was the perfect read for me right now. I told a good friend that I had to keep reminding myself that it's a novel and not a work of non-fiction. I recommend it whole-heartedly (especially in this election-charged time...). "

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