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Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway's Secret Adventures, 1935-1961 by [Reynolds, Nicholas]
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“Important. ... Reynolds, a former curator at the CIA Museum, demonstrates that Hemingway was afraid the FBI might uncover a dirty little secret he had hidden for more than 20 years: In 1940 he had agreed to assist the NKVD, the Soviet Union’s foreign intelligence agency.” (Wall Street Journal)

“An engrossing read for Hemingway buffs as well as casual readers, Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy adds more fascinating details to a life that remains continually fascinating.” (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

“[An] engrossing story of Hemingway’s disillusionment with American politics, his sympathy with communism, and his attraction to adventure and subversion.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“The riveting, brand-new story of how America’s greatest writer was shaped by his secret adventures as a spy for both U.S. intelligence and the Soviet NKVD: Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy is compelling, vivid, and essential reading for all Hemingway and espionage fans.” (William Doyle, author of PT 109: An American Epic of War, Survival, and the Destiny of John F. Kennedy)

“Reynolds looks among the shadows and finds a Hemingway not seen before.” (London Review of Books)

“A thorough, well researched, and highly readable account of Ernest Hemingway’s engagement with espionage (American and Soviet), Communism, and military adventurism. ... In particular, Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy is the first book to put Hemingway’s dalliance with the Soviet NKVD in the broader context of Hemingway’s life.” (John Earl Haynes, coauthor of Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America)

“Drawing on his intelligence background, Reynolds uncovers a trove of documents that point to American novelist Ernest Hemingway’s recruitment in 1940 by the NKVD. ... Reynolds ably researches Hemingway’s World War II adventures. ... Intriguing. ... Recommended.” (Library Journal)

“[A] thoroughly researched exploration of Hemingway’s military adventurism.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Captivating. ... Reynolds reveals the covert side of Hemingway other biographers have not disclosed. ... An important addition to the canon of one of America’s foremost writers. Reynolds’ unique biography reads like an espionage thriller. It is well illustrated, clearly written, and an engrossing read that adds more details to Hemingway’s continually fascinating life.” (The Missourian)

“Renowned American novelist Ernest Hemingway led a shocking secret life as a Soviet spy, according to claims in a new book. The startling revelations are detailed in Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy by former CIA officer Nicholas Reynolds.“

(Daily Mail (UK))

From the Back Cover

An international cloak-and-dagger epic ranging from the Spanish Civil War to the liberation of Western Europe, wartime China, the Red Scare of Cold War America, and the Cuban Revolution, HERE is the stunning untold story of a literary icon’s dangerous secret life—including his role as a Soviet agent code-named “Argo”—that fueled his art and his undoing

In 2010, while he was the historian at the esteemed CIA Museum, Nicholas Reynolds, a longtime American intelligence officer, former U.S. Marine colonel, and Oxford-trained historian, began to uncover clues suggesting Ernest Hemingway’s involvement in mid—twentieth-century spycraft was far more complex, sustained, and fraught with risks than has been previously understood. Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy reveals Reynolds’s discoveries for the first time, bringing to light the whole story of this hidden side of Hemingway’s life: his troubling recruitment by Soviet spies to work with the NKVD, the forerunner to the KGB, followed by a complex set of secret relationships with American agencies, including the FBI, the Department of State, the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), and the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), a precursor to the CIA.

A literary biography with the soul of an espionage thriller, Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy is an essential contribution to our understanding of the life, work, and fate of one of America’s most legendary authors.

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  • File Size: 26048 KB
  • Print Length: 389 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (March 14, 2017)
  • Publication Date: March 14, 2017
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01GCCT3WK
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