Falling somewhere between David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King and Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale, this memoir is a real world look at a CIA operative’s life as part of the staff of a U.S. Embassy. Danger, intrigue and civil service bureaucratic infighting abound, making it an interesting window into the sausage making of foreign policy. (4 of 5 Stars)
Only kings, presidents, editors, and people with tapeworms have the right to use the editorial ‘we.’
February 19, 1945, at 08:59, one minute ahead of schedule, the first of an eventual 30,000 Marines of the 3rd Marine Division, the 4th Marine Division, and the new 5th Marine Division, making up the V Amphibious Corps, landed on the beach at Iwo Jima.
“Without Valentine’s Day, February would be… well, January.”