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Confessions of a Spy: The Real Story of Aldrich Ames
     

Confessions of a Spy: The Real Story of Aldrich Ames

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by Pete Earley
 

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When Aldrich Ames was arrested in Feb. 1994, he had been feeding the KGB information for 9 years, been paid more than 2-1/2 million dollars, with the promise of 2 million more, & been personally responsible for the betrayal that led to the execution of most of the U.S.s top assets in the Soviet Union. Earley is the only writer to conduct 50 hours of one-on-one

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When Aldrich Ames was arrested in Feb. 1994, he had been feeding the KGB information for 9 years, been paid more than 2-1/2 million dollars, with the promise of 2 million more, & been personally responsible for the betrayal that led to the execution of most of the U.S.s top assets in the Soviet Union. Earley is the only writer to conduct 50 hours of one-on-one interviews with Ames. He is the only writer to have traveled to Moscow to speak to Amess KGB handlers & with the families of the spies he betrayed. He is the only writer to have had access to the remarkable CIA mole-hunting team that tracked down Ames through its own detective work.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Bradley's evocation of the South acquires new depth and charm in his fourth novel, after Love & Obits . Here, childhood friends rediscover the magic of their small-town roots. In the late '80s, aspiring young author Pace Burnette, the sale of his first novel under his belt, returns from up north to his home to the bayou town of Smoke, La., with the vague hope of putting Smoke's ailing economy back on its feet while he collects accolades and churns out bestsellers. Pace's rebellious best friend, Jay Carnihan, heir to the town's ailing general store and lunch counter, has found a scapegoat for Smoke's business woes in Winston Rayford Holly, a charismatic Arkansas billionaire who has opened one of his nationwide Monster Marts on the outskirts of town. Holly's high-volume stores symbolize for Jay the destruction of small-town America. When Jay gets the chance to confront Holly and to enact his fantasies of retribution, he and Pace undergo an adventure that changes them forever. Bradley fills narrator Burnette's eponymous town with colorful, likable characters--his rendering of the crusty Holly is the novel's triumph. Occasional cliches and moments of treacle do not spoil this otherwise delightful homespun narrative. (Apr.)
Library Journal
Award-winning author Earley (Prophet of Death) takes the listener on a long voyage of discovery into the crucible of the Cold War. The spotlight is on Aldrich Ames, the villain who betrays America's most valuable assets: our top spies in the Soviet Union from 1985 to 1994. The CIA's attempts to detect the source of betrayal also comes under close scrutiny; its tolerance for heavy drinking, old boy networks, inept investigations, and lie detector tests would make this work a high comedy if the subject were not national security. The author's impeccable research includes uncensored interviews with Ames and his KGB handlers in Moscow as well as the victims' families. This definitive work is also a crucial guide to our government's approach to security. Superbly dramatized by narrator Edward Holland, it will have broad appeal; highly recommended.--James Dudley, Westhampton Beach, NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Joe Collins
Bradley's quirky tale of small-town life would probably have been better if he had taken the basic plot and melted it down into a short story, maybe 5,000 words that would fit nicely in "Esquire". Instead, we get a long, repetitious, but occasionally amusing story of a fourth-generation small-town general-store proprietor named Carnihan and his novelist buddy, who conspire to kidnap the billionaire owner of a chain of Wal-Mart-like superstores, ostensibly to get him to apologize for destroying Main Street, U.S.A., by driving all the other local merchants out of business. In Bradley's very nice world, people are polite to one another, Carnihan and the billionaire (patterned after the late Sam Walton) become friends, and the local whores are all angelic. It's actually pleasant for a change to read something where no one is a jerk, but naturally this grows old rather quickly, especially because Bradley can't resist big gooey dollops of sentimentality.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399141881
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
02/10/1997
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
9.28(w) x 6.34(h) x 1.29(d)

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Confessions of a Spy: The Real Story of Aldrich Ames 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr. Earley is a very accomplished writer and it is evident in this book. I believe that this book is the most that we will ever know about: Aldrich 'Rick' Ames, the CIA and the KGB. Mr. Earley gives you all the sides of the story not just his. I would highly recommend his book to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Confessions of a Spy is amazing book by Pete Earley. His had access to people such as; Aldrich Ames, Soviet Union spies, & FBI ETC. Aldrich Ames never could please himself through his life which is pretty sad.
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