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The Company: A Novel of the CIA by [Littell, Robert]
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'The American le Carre' New York Times; 'If Robert Littell didn't invent the American Spy novel, he should have' Tom Clancy

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Robert Littell does for the CIA what Mario Puzo did for the Mafia.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3552 KB
  • Print Length: 897 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Unabridged edition edition (21 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006B79IY0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #79,450 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Excellent buy especially for the price. Arrived well a head of expectation as well. A great book I would definitely recommend to anyone.
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Complex and credible
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Could do with a lot of editing
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As a lover of spy fiction, I thoroughly enjoyed this. Yes, it's very long - the only problem you will face is trying to stay awake so you can carry on reading at 3am! I do agree with some of the other reviewers that important episodes seem to have been left out. On reflection, though, I prefer the detail with which the main episodes have been sketched. This book did for me what a really good book will do - it incentivised me to go and find out more about particular events such as the Hungary uprising.
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Robert Littell has been called "our" (Yanks, that is) John Le Carre. The book bears the legend "a novel of the CIA". The former, I think even the British will agree, is more than accurate. The latter is a gross understatement. At close to 900, absolutely never dull, pages, this book, which essentially spans the entire Cold War history of the organization, is THE novel of the CIA. Always even-handed, always engrossing, this is not only a corking novel, but a brilliant history of our recent times. I am prone to recommend books I like as things people "should" read. This is, as they say in blurbsville, an absolute "Must" read for any serious spy novel afficianado.
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Format: Paperback
Personally, I found this book to be a page-turner of note. There is a disclaimer that factual characters are used fictionally and other characters are fictional... however a bit of easy cross-checking (eg with Spymaster) turns up the fact that a number of fictional characters are based on real people (eg Harvey Torriti is clearly based on Bill Harvey, apparently a CIA legend). While one is never quite sure what is fact and what is fiction, it is clear that a huge amount of the plot is drawn from fact. This is again easily cross-checked through other books, web searches and the History Channel!
As a lover of spy fiction, I thoroughly enjoyed this. Yes, it's very long - the only problem you will face is trying to stay awake so you can carry on reading at 3am! I do agree with some of the other reviewers that important episodes seem to have been left out. On reflection, though, I prefer the detail with which the main episodes have been sketched. This book did for me what a really good book will do - it incentivised me to go and find out more about particular events such as the Hungary uprising.
Two caveats: the social and especially romantic lives of the main characters are a bit "soapy", and while the book doesn't really shy away from criticizing the CIA, it does so in a very guarded way. I do think a bit of wider reading should be done also just to put some of the things in perspective. Having said all that, the book is highly recommended.
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A compelling read that had me ensnared from the first few pages. Despite its length (over 1200 pages), it feels much shorter as I was drawn into the plot and swept through 4 decades of cold war history seen through the eyes of the CIA. Not sure how much of it is based on reality but a fabulous book none-the-less.
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The size of this book, 1283 pages to be exact, is at first daunting. However, I was addicted after the first page. The plot is so complex, dramatic and exciting that I didnt want it to end. The fictious plot uses various historical cold war events and personalities in such a clever manner that I felt as if I were reading an actual account of the CIA. Littel is so clever at having centered his four main characters around momentous events in Cold war history, that you end up thinking if he himself is/were a CIA agent and this is his autobiography.
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys edge-of-your-seat cold war thrillers. I have read many cold war novels and none of them compare to this book. This is the book that everyone is talking about, and don't be put off by its size, its worth savouring every page!!!!!!!!!
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