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Fascinating journey into the bowels of 'intelligence' world
on April 14, 2017
At this moment in time it's good to go back to the early days of the Middle East crisis. It also makes it more complicated when you get to see the so called human side of what makes for a good spy. There is no objective truth. The people who spend their lives wallowing in this dark arena have no perfect handle on any more than slivers of several barely partial truths, and Bird brings them all to life and death. He makes the most of the little we can know. It's a book to read slowly, unlike the novels that cover the same territory. The bottom line is, Trust no one, but hope that good journalism like this can keep our heads slightly above water. This is not a stylish book, but it is really well written and never clunky or hackneyed.