Code Name Blue Wren
By Jim Popkin
Investigative journalist Jim Popkin tells the true story of Ana Montes, said to be the most damaging female spy in US history, just as she is due for release from federal prison for espionage. Arrested just days after the 9/11 attacks, Montes was a senior Pentagon analyst and Cuba specialist – who played both sides, spying for Fidel Castro. Her betrayal was made all the more painful since her father was a former US Army colonel and her only sister, Lucy, worked her entire career for the Bureau – helping the FBI flush out Cuban spies.
In Code Name Blue Wren, Popkin weaves the tale of two sisters who chose two very different paths. With exclusive access to a ‘secret’ CIA behavioural profile of Ana, family memoirs, and Ana’s incriminating letters from prison, Popkin reveals the making of a traitor.
The Mitford Affair
By Marie Benedict
If you love a good mix of high-society gossip coupled with fiction based on true-life characters, then this one’s for you.
Set between the World Wars, the six Mitford sisters―each more beautiful, brilliant and eccentric than the next―dominated the English political, literary, and social scenes. The book details events as the family falls into disarray when Diana divorces her wealthy husband to marry a fascist leader and Unity follows her sister’s lead all the way to Munich, Germany, inciting rumours that she’s become Hitler’s mistress.
As the Nazis rise in power, novelist Nancy Mitford grows suspicious of her sisters’ constant visits to Germany and the high-ranking fascist company they keep. When she overhears alarming conversations and uncovers disquieting documents, Nancy must make excruciating choices as Great Britain goes to war with Germany.
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