A Very Principled Boy

A Very Principled Boy

The Life of Duncan Lee, Red Spy and Cold Warrior

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"Lee was chief aide to William 'Wild Bill' Donovan, the fabled head of the Office of Strategic Services and grandfather of the CIA. During World War II, Lee's political sympathies and desire to advance the fight against fascism led him to leak highly classified information to the Soviets ... [revealing] just how deeply Soviet spies were entrenched in the American intelligence community at the height of the Cold War"--
Publisher: New York :, Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group,, [2014]
ISBN: 9780465030095
0465030092
Branch Call Number: B LEE
Characteristics: xvii, 348 pages :,illustrations ;,25 cm

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richibi
Jan 11, 2020

an American spy reconsiders after the USSR reveals itself to be not the utopia he'd imagined, then spends the rest of his life atoning by performing heroic acts for his country as well as trying to counter continuing, but never proven, accusations about his nefarious activities - the rabid determination of U.S. intelligence agencies is exposed, not to their honour

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StarGladiator
Jul 12, 2014

Both the subject of this book, and the author, fit the classic profile of traitors to America --- definitely not whistleblower nor leaker material, which is the profile of those who continue to battle on behalf of the US Constitution (John Kiriakou, Pfc. Manning, Cate Jenkins, Bob Binney, Edward Snowden, et cetera).

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athena14
Jul 12, 2014

In the end, Mark Bradley has to concede that Duncan Lee's passing of OSS info to Soviet spies harmed no one. The USA and USSR were allies, after all, and FDR didn't care. Bradley then blames Lee (and others) for McCarthyism--a neat trick.

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