Review: Littell’s The Company

The Company: A Novel of the CIA
Robert Littell

A better than average page-turner spy novel tracing the history of the agency through the stories of a group of men who come into it as it was being formed and end up in the upper reaches of the organization. Clearly based on real guys, some of them going mad from the secrets (Angelton), others of them moles for the USSR (Philby). This covers the well trod territory of the Berlin Station, the Bay of Pigs and Hungary. Fun if you’re into this kind of thing, which I totally am.

Recommended for the enthusiast.

* Side note: Here’s some book nerd trivia for ya, Robert Littel, who has written scores fo these type of popular fiction books is the father of Jonathan Littel, who wrote Les Beinveillanter (released in the U.S. in May 2009 as the Kindly Ones), the award winning book about Nazi sickos.

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