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Born Under an Assumed Name

The Memoir of a Cold War Spy's Daughter

By Sara Taber

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Format: Hardcover, 396 pages
Other Information: 64 b&w photos
Published In: United States, 26 April 2012
From literary journalist Sara Mansfield Taber comes a deep and wondrous memoir of her exotic childhood as the daughter of a covert CIA operative. Born under an Assumed Name portrays the thrilling and confusing life of a girl growing up abroad in a world of secrecy and diplomacy - and the heavy toll it takes on her and her father. As Taber leads us on a tour through the alluring countries to which her father is assigned, we track two parallel stories - those of young Sara and her Cold War spy father. Sara struggles for normalcy as the family is relocated to cities in North America, Europe, and Asia, and the constant upheaval eventually exacts its price. Only after a psychiatric hospitalization at age sixteen in a U.S. Air Force hospital with shell-shocked Vietnam War veterans does she come to a clear sense of who she is. Meanwhile, Sara's sweet-natured, philosophical father becomes increasingly disillusioned with his work, his agency, and his country. This is the question at the heart of this elegant and sophisticated work: what does it mean to be an American? In this fascinating, painful, and ultimately exhilarating coming-of-age story, young Sara confronts generosity, greatness, and tragedy - all that America heaps on the world.

About the Author

SARA MANSFIELD TABER is a literary journalist and holds a BA from Carleton College, an MSW from the University of Washington, and a doctorate from Harvard University. She is the author of Dusk on the Campo: A Journey in Patagonia (Henry Holt, 1992), Of Many Lands: Journal of a Traveling Childhood (Foreign Service Youth Foundation, 1999), and Bread of Three Rivers: The Story of a French Loaf (Beacon, 2002). Her memoirs and essays have been published in the Southwest Review and the Washington Post and produced for National Public Radio. She has taught at the Johns Hopkins University and currently teaches at the Bethesda Writer's Center and at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is married with two children and lives in the Washington, D.C., area.


-A gorgeous and shocking tale . . . Taber's poetic, vivid language bathes us in cultural beauty and harsh realities, her psychological insights into the costs of a clandestine life are fascinating, and her ability to electrify history during the era of 'red devils' make this memoir a sizzling read.---Carole Geithner, author of If Only--Carole Geithner

EAN: 9781597976985
ISBN: 1597976989
Publisher: Potomac Books Inc
Dimensions: 23.34 x 16.08 x 3.43 centimetres (0.71 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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