Since he began publishing spy fiction in 1973, Robert Littell has evolved into one of the most consistently interesting espionage novelists of the modern era. We asked the author to share some of his experiences -- and his favorite books -- with us.
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Date of Birth:
January 8, 1935
Place of Birth:
Brooklyn, New York
B.A., Alfred University, 1956
|The Best Book to Read First|
|The Company: A Novel of the CIA|
With The Company, Littell gives us the Cold War era in all its ambiguous glory, showing us the all-too-human faces behind the dominant ideological conflict of the 20th century.
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|Some of Littell's Favorites|
|Hope Against Hope|
Nadezhda Mandelstam, Max Hayward
Both a vital eyewitness account of Stalin's Soviet Union and a profound love story, Littell says the writing of Nadezhda Mandelstam "inspired me endlessly in my quest to understand the Soviet Union, about which I have written a great deal."
|Explaining Hitler: The Search for the Origins of His Evil|
Rosenbaum explores the mind of Hitler and the minds of his explainers in a book that Littell calls "endless food for thought." Other Littell favorites include Vassily Grossman's Life and Fate, a "glorious" account of the battle of Stalingrad, as well as the work of Fitzgerald, Whitman, and Shakespeare.