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The Looking Glass War
The Looking Glass War
Author: John LeCarre
John le Carré's classic novels deftly navigate readers through the intricate shadow worlds of international espionage with unsurpassed skill and knowledge, and have earned him unprecedented worldwide acclaim.  The Looking Glass War is a scorching portrayal of misplaced loyalties and innocence lost. — A George Smiley ...  more »
ISBN: 415990
Publication Date: 1965
Pages: 320
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.

4.5 stars, based on 2 ratings
Publisher: Coward-McCann, Inc
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Anxious to regain its status as a Whitehall player, an outdated and out-of-fashion intelligence department conceives & launches a covert operation to penetrate the Iron Curtain. Unforgiving bureaucratic satire about the boys-school mentality of the secret world and its often costly games.
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Among other things, the description of running an Agent (Fred Leiser) through the Iron Curtain at night remains one of the best I've seen.

On a larger scale, this is a story of the mounting bureaucratic infighting between a military intelligence operation and the emergent power of the "Circus", Control and George Smiley. Like most good LeCarre novels it is also a story of more primal human emotions and their impact, in this case, on espionage operations. Very much worth the read.
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Long on the recruitment and training of a spy, in this one he comes in from the cold in a different manner. No fluff, straightforward prose; read easily at a single sitting (320 pages).
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Cold War spy tale set between English spys and the Germans.


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