Tuesday, April 12, 2011

SURPRISE! The magician and the chef were spies.



I'm almost finished reading The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero.  It's a comprehensive and entertaining New York Times bestseller which reveals what may be the famed magician's biggest secret -- he spied for the U.S. government.

I've ordered, but have not yet received, A Covert Affair: Julia Child and Paul Child in the OSS. Publishers Weekly said, "Conant's vivid tapestry of the 1940s skillfully interweaves interviews, oral histories, memoirs, and recently unclassified OSS and FBI documents with unpublished diaries and letters. The adventurous young OSS recruits spring to life throughout this meticulously researched, authoritative history."

OTHER SURPRISE: I sometimes write about books I like.



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