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Dec 7, 2017

Spybrary Brush Pass:
The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton


Spybrarian Matthew Kresal shares his brush pass review on The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton by Jefferson Morley which has recently been published.

According to Tim Weiner, author of Legacy of Ashes -The History of the CIA 'The Ghost' is..

"The best book ever written about the strangest CIA chief who ever lived." -

Listen to today's episode of Spybrary and hear what reader  and Spybrary contributor Matthew thinks of it and does he recommend spy fans give it a go?

More information on James Jesus Angelton in the resources section below.

About the author: JEFFERSON MORLEY is a journalist and editor who has worked in Washington journalism for over thirty years, fifteen of which were spent as an editor and reporter at The Washington Post. The author of Our Man in Mexico, a biography of the CIA’s Mexico City station chief Winston Scott, Morley has written about intelligence, military, and political subjects for Salon, The Atlantic, and The Intercept, among others. He is the editor of JFK Facts, a blog. He lives in Washington, DC.


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