A covert affair

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Simon & Schuster Paperbacks,
Pub. Date:
2011.
Edition:
1st Simon & Schuster trade pbk. ed.
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English
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By bestselling author Jennet Conant, a stunning account of Julia Child's early life as a member of the OSS in the Far East during World War II, and the tumultuous years when she and Paul Child were caught up in the McCarthy witch hunt and behaved with bravery and honor. Bestselling author Jennet Conant brings us a stunning account of Julia and Paul Child's experiences as members of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in the Far East during World War II and the tumultuous years when they were caught up in the McCarthy Red spy hunt in the 1950s and behaved with bravery and honor. It is the fascinating portrait of a group of idealistic men and women who were recruited by the citizen spy service, slapped into uniform, and dispatched to wage political warfare in remote outposts in Ceylon, India, and China. The eager, inexperienced 6 foot 2 inch Julia springs to life in these pages, a gangly golf-playing California girl who had never been farther abroad than Tijuana. Single and thirty years old when she joined the staff of Colonel William Donovan, Julia volunteered to be part of the OSS's ambitious mission to develop a secret intelligence network across Southeast Asia. Her first post took her to the mountaintop idyll of Kandy, the headquarters of Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten, the supreme commander of combined operations. Julia reveled in the glamour and intrigue of her overseas assignment and lifealtering romance with the much older and more sophisticated Paul Child, who took her on trips into the jungle, introduced her to the joys of curry, and insisted on educating both her mind and palate. A painter drafted to build war rooms, Paul was a colorful, complex personality. Conant uses extracts from his letters in which his sharp eye and droll wit capture the day-to-day confusion, excitement, and improbability of being part of a cloak- and-dagger operation. When Julia and Paul were transferred to Kunming, a rugged outpost at the foot of the Burma Road, they witnessed the chaotic end of the war in China and the beginnings of the Communist revolution that would shake the world. A Covert Affair chronicles their friendship with a brilliant and eccentric array of OSS agents, including Jane Foster, a wealthy, free-spirited artist, and Elizabeth MacDonald, an adventurous young reporter. In Paris after the war, Julia and Paul remained close to their intelligence colleagues as they struggled to start new lives, only to find themselves drawn into a far more terrifying spy drama. Relying on recently unclassified OSS and FBI documents, as well as previously unpublished letters and diaries, Conant vividly depicts a dangerous time in American history, when those who served their country suddenly found themselves called to account for their unpopular opinions and personal relationships.
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subject_facetAnti-communist movements -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Biographies
Child, Julia
Child, Julia -- Homes and haunts -- Europe
Child, Paul, -- 1902-1994
Child, Paul, -- 1902-1994 -- Homes and haunts -- Europe
Intelligence officers -- United States -- Biography
McCarthy, Joseph, -- 1908-1957
United States -- Politics and government -- 1945-1953
United States. -- Office of Strategic Services -- Biography
World War, 1939-1945 -- Secret service -- United States
title_displayA covert affair
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title_shortA covert affair
topic_facetAnti-communist movements
Child, Julia
Child, Paul
History
Homes and haunts
Intelligence officers
McCarthy, Joseph
Politics and government
Secret service
World War, 1939-1945