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The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames

On April 18, 1983, a bomb exploded outside the American Embassy in Beirut, killing 63 people. The attack was a turning point in US relations with the Muslim world. It marked the beginning of Hezbollah as a political force, but even more important, it eliminated America's most influential and effective intelligence officer in the Middle East--CIA agent Robert Ames. What set Ames apart from every other All-American CIA operative was his extraordinary ability to form deep, meaningful connections with key figures in the Arab world. Others relied on threats or subterfuge, but Ames worked by building friendships and emphasizing shared values. This unorthodox approach brought him unprecedented success--Ames personally recruited the Yemeni head of state, advised Ronald Reagan on the Iran hostage crisis, and infiltrated the PLO, partially "turning" one of their most important leaders, Ali Hassan Salameh. Dubbed "The Red Prince" for his flamboyant lifestyle and status as heir apparent to Yasir...

Издательство: "Crown" (2014)

Формат: 170x240, 448 стр.

ISBN: 9780307889751? 978-0-307-88975-1

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Kai Bird

Kai Bird is an American Pulitzer Prize-winning author and columnist, best known for his biographies of political figures.

Bird was born in 1951 in Eugene, Oregon, but he spent his childhood in Jerusalem, Beirut, Dhahran, Cairo and Bombay. He finished high school in 1969 at Kodaikanal School in Tamil Nadu, India. He received his BA from Carleton College in 1973 and a M.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University in 1975. He was an associate editor of The Nation magazine from 1978-82 and then a Nation columnist. His biographical works include "" (Touchstone, 1998), "The Chairman: John J. McCloy and the Making of the American Establishment" (Random House, 1992) and "Hiroshima's Shadow: Writings on the Denial of History and the Smithsonian Controversy" (1998), which he co-edited with Lawrence Lifschultz. Bird and co-author Martin J. Sherwin won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in biography for "American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer" (Knopf, 2005). He and Sherwin also won the 2005 National Book Critics Circle Award for their biography of Oppenheimer.

Bird is a recipient of a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship (1973), an Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellowship (1981), a Guggenheim Fellowship (1982), and a John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Grant for Research and Writing (1993-95). In 2001-2002 he was a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Bird now lives in Kathmandu, Nepal with his wife and son.He is currently writing a memoir about the Middle East.

External links

* [ Kai Bird's articles for "The Nation"]
* [ Pulitzer Board]
* [ "Washington Post" article about the Pulitzer]

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