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The Resource The good spy : the life and death of Robert Ames, Kai Bird

The good spy : the life and death of Robert Ames, Kai Bird

Label
The good spy : the life and death of Robert Ames
Title
The good spy
Title remainder
the life and death of Robert Ames
Statement of responsibility
Kai Bird
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Drawing on extensive interviews with Ames' widow and quotes from his private letters, a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer presents a brilliant narrative of the making of America's most influential and effective intelligence officer in the Middle East
  • The Good Spy is Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Kai Bird's 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 attack was a geopolitical turning point. 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 operative Robert Ames. What set Ames apart from his peers was his extraordinary ability to form deep, meaningful connections with key Arab intelligence figures. Some operatives relied on threats and subterfuge, but Ames worked by building friendships and emphasizing shared values - never more notably than with Yasir Arafat's charismatic intelligence chief and heir apparent Ali Hassan Salameh (aka "The Red Prince"). Ames' deepening relationship with Salameh held the potential for a lasting peace. Within a few years, though, both men were killed by assassins, and America's relations with the Arab world began heading down a path that culminated in 9/11, the War on Terror, and the current fog of mistrust. Bird, who as a child lived in the Beirut Embassy and knew Ames as a neighbor when he was twelve years old, spent years researching The Good Spy. Not only does the book draw on hours of interviews with Ames' widow, and quotes from hundreds of Ames' private letters, it's woven from interviews with scores of current and former American, Israeli, and Palestinian intelligence officers as well as other players in the Middle East "Great Game." What emerges is a masterpiece-level narrative of the making of a CIA officer, a uniquely insightful history of twentieth-century conflict in the Middle East, and an absorbing hour-by-hour account of the Beirut Embassy bombing. Even more impressive, Bird draws on his reporter's skills to deliver a full dossier on the bombers and expose the shocking truth of where the attack's mastermind resides today. -- Publisher description
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bird, Kai
Dewey number
  • 327.12730092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
no index present
LC call number
JK468.I6
LC item number
B549 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Ames, Robert
  • United States
  • Ames, Robert
  • United States
  • Intelligence officers
  • Employees
  • Intelligence officers
  • United States
Label
The good spy : the life and death of Robert Ames, Kai Bird
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 403-410) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The making of a spy -- The Agency -- Arabia -- Aden and Beirut -- The Red Prince -- Secret diplomacy -- Headquarters, 1975-79 -- The assassination -- The ayatollahs -- Jimmy Carter and Hostage America -- Bill Casey and Ronald Reagan -- Beirut destiny -- The enigma of Imad Mughniyeh
Control code
ocn857214566
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xiv, 430 pages, 16 pages of unnumbered plates
Isbn
9780307889751
Lccn
2013049480
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40023903258
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)857214566
Label
The good spy : the life and death of Robert Ames, Kai Bird
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 403-410) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The making of a spy -- The Agency -- Arabia -- Aden and Beirut -- The Red Prince -- Secret diplomacy -- Headquarters, 1975-79 -- The assassination -- The ayatollahs -- Jimmy Carter and Hostage America -- Bill Casey and Ronald Reagan -- Beirut destiny -- The enigma of Imad Mughniyeh
Control code
ocn857214566
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xiv, 430 pages, 16 pages of unnumbered plates
Isbn
9780307889751
Lccn
2013049480
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40023903258
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)857214566

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