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Ledokhod: Spirit Falls translated into Russian (Russian Edition) (Russian) Paperback – July 14, 2013
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About the Author
Robert E. Townsend was born and raised on a farm in northern Wisconsin and writes of a life he has witnessed. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin in 1969 at the height of the Vietnam protests, Townsend flew 135 combat missions in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. In early 1972, he transferred to Berlin, Germany, as a signals intelligence officer, then to the National Security Agency before returning as a war planner at HQ USAFE, Ramstein, Germany. From 1982-1989 he was deputy chief, Air Force Intelligence Agency, counter-deception directorate at CIA. He is among some of the few dozen men in America intimate with the war of ruse and stratagem between the US and the USSR. Slavic on his mother’s side, deep-south redneck on the paternal side, his parents managed money poorly and told stories well. Spare, pithy, lasting the duration of a Pall Mall, the tales were meant to entertain and to teach. No one is completely useless; they can always serve as a bad example. His stories and novels arise from family history, fables and stories told around the kitchen table and his own experiences in America’s late 20th century ambiguous wars, deceptions and counter-deceptions. Townsend comes from a long line––father and grandfather, great-grandfather––of American soldiers. From his father the lesson was that his people were born fighting and women were mysterious creatures. From his mother he learned that storytellers are to be treasured, but liars are vexing, exhausting and best kept at a distance. From his own experience he found that when liars are armed, crazed and planning Armageddon, ambiguity in matters of war and peace and life and death were the vexations of his century. Fluent in Russian and German with a combat vocabulary in French, the author is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin (BA), studied at Freies Universitat Berlin, and received his MA from Georgetown University. After retirement he turned his attention back to writing, a passion waylaid by life and work. He has since worked steadily on novels and essays. Spirit Falls is the prologue to a trilogy about deception, war and peace in the 20th century in a world of both contrived and actual moral ambiguity. Townsend currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife, Patrice, and on his family farm in northern Wisconsin.
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