A Covert Affair: Julia Child and Paul Child in the OSS

A Covert Affair: Julia Child and Paul Child in the OSS

by Jennet Conant
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Covert Affair 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed with a book that I had anticipated to be about Julia Child and her husband's involvement in the OSS. Instead it was about everyone else but them, their OSS work was forever an after thought. The boring, near diary like telling of events, never delved into any risks of being in the OSS. The book should have been touted as government jobs, where being labeled as a communist, can be hazarous to your career. It was misleading to the reader to present this book as a story of the Child's, when it had more to do with their associates and the accusations that they were members of the communist party. I found this easy to put down unfinished after reading 2/3 of it and easy not to pick up again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Let's be honest: many readers will purchase this book because of Meryl Streep's knock-out performance in the movie "Julie and Julia." That's why I bought the book. Unfortunately a lot of readers will be sorely disappointed because this book really is not about Julia Child. The tragedy is that the book, which is in fact a biography of Jane Foster (Paul and Julia play a minor role, mostly from the vantage of OSS retirees living in Europe after the war), is very well written and tells a fascinating story which could have stood on its own without the duplicitous marketing scheme. While I would certainly read the book again, I would next time borrow a copy from the library rather than shelling out my birthday money and rewarding the publisher's marketing scheme. Change the title to more accurately reflect the content, however, and include a map of southeast Asia, and this book is a worthwhile read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An interesting read despite the fact that Paul and Julia Child play only a minor role. They seem to be used more to attract readers/customers. The book is a worthwhile history of the OSS/McCarthy period, etc. I am not sure, however, that I would have purchased it without the Child name. I wish Simon and Schuster had been more open about the true contents of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought the book after all the Julia and Paul Child promos. While the inforrmation in the book was interesting, the Childs were something of an afterthought, added for promotion purposes. The book is about Jane Foster, if anyone. Well wrritten account of the period in an area of the world we don't hear much about. If you don't expect to learn about Julia Child, you'll find the book interesting.
teachmath More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book to read about the Childs and their involvement in the OSS. I have finished about a quarter of the book and Paul and Julia have only been mentioned in passing. The title is misleading at best, and at worst this is a deceptive way to increase sales by misleading the consumer.
Nan Davis More than 1 year ago
While this book has interesting facts, it is primarily about Jane Foster a friend and co-worker of Julia and Paul Child rather than being about them as the title implies.
gawain07 More than 1 year ago
Paul and Julia Child are supporting characters in this novel, but it tells a fascinating story that is well researched and engaging to read. The story follows Jane Foster through her recruitment into the OSS, being hounded by McCarthy era goons accusing her of being a Communist spy, and the effects this had on her health in the intervening years. Never dull and quite an interesting read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was very disappointed with this book. The book not about Julia and Paul Child - it's all about Jane Foster. I feel the Childs were just mentioned very once in a while, guess that's because their names were on the cover. It's an interesting time period to read about. Not a book to read if you want to know more about Julia & Paul Child.
Canyon1200 More than 1 year ago
She was a clerk and he sat behind a desk doing routine paperwork. What a mis-leading title! Their connection with the OSS was just about ZERO!
Oma_Lyn More than 1 year ago
Though this book is ostensibly about Julia Child and her husband, Paul, there is a dearth of information about them. The actual story is about a woman named Jane, who served in the same secret organization as the Childs did, but not even in the same places. The cover and title are misleading. I did learn something about the colonial history of the nations in southeastern Asia, which explained a bit about the Vietnam War. All in all, though, I would not have bought this book if I'd known it wasn't mostly about Julia and Paul Child during WWII.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read three of this author's books and not been disappointed yet. This one will be of interest to all who are intrigued by the US involvement in South East Asia during WWII and the people who were critical in many ways on the front lines. This is a story of people from all walks of life who became part of the intelligence community and their lives and experiences in a time of challenge and new world order.
AvidReaderCT More than 1 year ago
B&N needs to more carefully vet their ebook offerings. This is definitely sold under false pretenses and is boring besides.
Alison Salisbury More than 1 year ago
This is a fascinatinating portrayal of the OSS and Paul and Julia Child's time in the agency. I was surprised by the way the author used the Childs' life story as a way to delve into Jane Forster's life. I would reccommend this book as a great history of the OSS and the people who were recruited to work in the agency in the height of WWII.
pen21 More than 1 year ago
This book provides a unique look into this part of WWII and espionage. It is well written and gave me insight into the characters lives at this point in history. I learned more about this period. The McCarthy trials were described very well from the view of those accused. I consider this book a must read for those interested in this part of history and how it affected the lives of those involved.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
More than half of the book was about the McCarthy era persecution of a friend of Paul and Julia Child's, Jane Foster. I was expecting a biography of Paul and Julia Child. So the cover, title and book cover flap information is most misleading. I did find the bokk on whle to be mildly interesting, but mostly misleading. Don't waste your time on this bok if you really want to read abut the Child's
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I expected the book to cover mainly Julia Child and Paul Child per the title. The first 100 pages plus was about Jane Foster. While the whole story was interesting it wasn't 418 pages of text. Read more like a research paper. My copy had one or more words highlighted (& a couple of misspelled words throughout) per page. The highlighted words made it hard to read on my nook.
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