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David Cornwell, George Smiley and Alec Guinness

A few days ago my cousin Ben Wittes devoted his podcast, In Lieu of Fun, to John le Carré, whose real name was David Cornwell. Ben and his podner, Kate Klonick, had as their guest Pete Strzok; this was a certifiably … Continue reading

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What is Trump to Putin? His “shithouse cleaner”

David Cornwell (John Le Carré), a man of supernal intelligence in deep state secrets and spies, inserts a slashing contemporary opinion in his latest novel, Agent Running In The Field.  He places this opinion in the mouth of Arkady, a … Continue reading

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A fictional Robert Mueller?

Last night I finished re-reading Call For The Dead, David Cornwell’s first spy novel. I don’t know how many times I’ve read it. This, and a few other great crime novels, are collectively my security blanket while I am in … Continue reading

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