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What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?
Enjoyable, always interesting history of the most (in)famous spies of the past seventy years. Sulick breaks the book into chapters delving into various historical periods, e.g. Cold War Soviet spies, Viet Nam era, 1980's, military spies, age of terrorism, etc. and this helps frame common themes the perpetrators tended to have in common (e.g ideology, greed, corporate espionage, sense of grievance etc). The end result? Not only an absorbing recounting of the perpetrators, their crimes and the influences that shaped them, but also the challenges law enforcement faced in catching them. Engrossing stuff. I liked as well that the author frequently cited sources which is a bit unusual for this genre IMO. This book had me captivated from beginning to end. My only gripe was that major cases were given the same level of detail/treatment as more minor, obscure cases.
What about Robert J. Eckrich’s performance did you like?
Far from dry. Managed to imbue a sense of drama in the narration without being overdone.
Any additional comments?
For lovers of spy genre fiction, this would make a useful companion reader.
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This was excellent. It was informative without being academic. It was well delivered without understating its main message. Certain points of argument were repeated more than necessary at intervals throughout. However, I cannot fault the author for this. Taking an inherently esoteric topic and making it accessible to the layman is a daunting task.
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