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Double Man Paperback – February, 1986

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This is an expertly crafted thriller that is full of many uncomfortable plausibilities. Though clearly labeled fiction, it dances knowledgeably with many old and new ghosts, including the CIA, the KGB, the Kennedy assassination, terrorism, and a range of state secrets. Coming from a Republican and Democrat who together have many years of experience on the Senate Intelligence Committee, The Double Man has to be taken, minimally, as a grim warning about the intelligence services in our own country and elsewhere. --Bob Woodward --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Cohen was Republican Senator from Maine and Hart was Democrat Senator from Colorado. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books (Mm); Reprint edition (February 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380701227
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380701223
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #697,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Still worth reading 20 years later. Makes a good companion book to Seven Days in May. Look at the credentials of the authors and what their subsequent careers obtained to see how much credibility this novel is entitled to. This spy thriller is set against the humdrum of Congressional politics, committees, and hearings - by insiders who know it very well. These insiders pretty much confirm that Kennedy was killed by a CIA-Mafia conspiracy, long before it was fashionable to do so, as an incidental note to the basic plot. A good insight into the CIA-KGB great game of the 80's, but subsequent books and revelations have added much more. These insiders pretty much acknowledge that murder and stupifying levels of deceit and treachery are built into the US power system, but seeks a positively patriotic and optimistic resolution through faith in responsible elected leaders. (Problem: do they exist in the US any more?) The authors had a great deal of foresight about some coming big issues, but blew it on the main premise of the plot: that the rise of terrorism and the drug trade in the 80's was a consequence of KGB activism. The dialogue is clunky and characters fairly stereotypical. But yes, indeed, as the back jacket promises, a stunning plausible surprise ending. Don't go to the end first; instead let yourself be led on.
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This book will change the way you think of committee meetings. Perhaps make you want to watch more on the TV..and not let others tell you what you should think. When Congress meets and asks questions - are we asking why? What answers are they really seeking...and why,
This is really a seemingly "insider" book - it sparked my interest in Congress and it's various members.
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Spy thriller that begins with assassination of Secretary of State's family in car bombing. There is a pick-up in world wide terrorism. Who is behind it all is the plot. CIA, FBI, Mafia, drug cartels, Soviets or a combination of the same? Authors Hart and Cohen intensely knowledgeable of international and government intrigue and investigation. Story richly woven components but there is one BIG FLAW. In fiction we are expected to suspend reality a bit as we immerse ourselves in the fiction story. But that a US Senator(Chandler) would be the main character involved in the actual footwork milieu is too far fetched even for fiction. Disappointing that these two authors of such political prominence would choose such an implausible person as a senator to be the protagonist. Surely a detective, newspaper investigator, low level bureaucrat or other low level political, military or law enforcement official would have added to the plausibility of one doing undercover work instead of a US senator.
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Absolutely no sense of completion. My only guess is that everything will be resolved in a future book (though I wouldn't read it).
The book was written well but that only leads to the expectation that there will be some substance to the plot. The reader never finds out: 1. Who the double man is (if there is one). 2. What really happens to Elaine. 3. Who her father really is, etc. The protagonist (investigator) never finds out anything himself but is told everything by secret "deep-throat" types.
The ending is wrapped up in a few pages by someone who seems to be in a hurry to get back to the Senate floor for roll-call.
In exchange for learning about some inside workings of the senate, we are forced to except a far fetched plot that magically ties up the JFK asassination, drug smuggling, the Mafia, and secret KGB plots.

I got this paperback at a book sale and I don't think it was worth the 50 cents that it cost.
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I enjoyed the book. I think it opens peoples eyes that were young when
President Kennedy was killed. It also helps peole that are naive about the government to know that kind of stuff really went on.

Wood love a sequile.
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