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A Covert Affair


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Jennet Conant is a journalist who has written for Vanity Fair, Esquire, GQ, Newsweek, and The New York Times. She is the author of the bestsellers The Irregulars, Tuxedo Park, and 109 East Palace. Conant lives in New York City and Sag Harbor with her husband and


"A Covert Affair is a skillfully told tale of espionage, combining just enough background information with the right amount of boisterous anecdote to make the reader feel simultaneously amused and informed." --Salon.com

"A brilliantly researched and written account... a well-researched and well-written account of this period in American history....Conant, a terrific writer, conducted voluminous research and crafted a fascinating story that reads as though she was actually there." --The Seattle Times

"A well-researched, entertaining, and fast-paced read" --Library Journal

"Conant has written a book full of fascinating material about wartime and postwar America and how they intersected....Conant doesn't disappoint in her picture of the whirlwind life of the OSS, created very much in the image of its founder, the maverick William J. Donovan. Her glimpses of how he overcame bureaucratic rivalries and turf wars are as exciting as her picture of life in the field, complete with dengue fever, cobras and scorpions." --Los Angeles Times

"It is a wallop of a story, people engaging in the sorts of international dangers that is the stuff of the movies... all jungles and cities and intrigue and risk, with an exquisite attention to detail that illuminates the OSS and its players." --Portland Oregonian

"The value of Conant's anecdotal approach is... in its depiction of ordinary relationships in extraordinary circumstances--of the way friendships, feuds and romances develop in strange and secretive settings." --The New York Times Book Review

"Thoroughly researched, fluid and compelling" --Kirkus

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