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The Catcher Was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg Paperback – May 30, 1995
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As Nicholas Dawidoff portrays him, Berg was a bizarre man who spent the final 25 years of his life essentially homeless, living off the charity of friends and family, trading his stories of pre-war baseball and wartime espionage for the offer of clean clothes, hot meals, and warm water for a bath. Trained in the law, and a skilled linguist who spoke half a dozen languages, he refused all employment, apart from the rare consulting job or intelligence mission.
While most print accounts of Berg make extravagant claims about his World War II espionage, Dawidoff boils everything down to what he can find on paper from the CIA (and its precursor agencies). The truth, as reported here, is that Berg's probing of German atomic secrets in 1945 was vital to the war effort, but that he hardly ever worked as a spy again. He simply pretended to be one, while remaining cloaked in an increasingly insular lifestyle.
The research for "The Catcher Was a Spy" is impeccable. Dawidoff interviewed hundreds of sources, and as a result the book's index is clogged with famous names -- athletes or otherwise (not too many other books quote both Ted Williams and Albert Einstein).Read more ›
(BTW, it should be a crime for the editors to have allowed the description, "the perspicacious Berg" to be used twice in the span of a book, let alone forty pages.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought for my dad, loves this type of book. Educational, history and suspense. He loved it. I eventually will read as well. He gave great reviews.Published 1 day ago by Grama Debbie
I enjoyed reading about Moe, the man, but all the baseball statistics were tedious to read. Dawidoff was an unimpressive writer.Published 7 days ago by Katherine Bezinovich
Sorry, Mo Berg disappointed me. I thought he was a failed character and a lost soul. Book was interesting a first but this guy was a sad man and the story became frustrating to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Arthur R. Clarke
Never knew this about Moe Berg or even heard of the guy. Interesting.Published 3 months ago by Richard
Fascinating history and life story of a real spy. Very well documented and written.Published 4 months ago by Senior female