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Readers of Julie Powell's Julie and Julia and viewers of its film version know that master recipe-maker Julia Child (1912-2004) and her husband Paul both worked for the Office of Strategic Services (O.S.S.), America's clandestine intelligence agency during World War II. Few of us, however, know much about their hush-hush activities and even less about their close friendship with Jane Foster (1912-1979), an O.S.S. worker who was indicted, but not tried as a Soviet operative. Jennet Conant's A Covert Affair reveals the fascinating story of the couple's high-level service (Julia reported directly to O.S.S. chief "Wild Bill" Donovan), but perhaps its most intriguing revelations concern the Child's staunch support of their embattled friend, a loyalty that eventually cost Paul his job. An eye-opener from the author of The Irregulars and Tuxedo Park. Editor's recommendation.