Our Man in Havana Book
Score: 4
From 55 Ratings

Our Man in Havana


  • Author : Graham Greene
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2015-09-01
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 190962134X

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Our man in Havana Book

Our man in Havana


  • Author : Graham Greene
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1973
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 227
  • ISBN 10 : 0435293508

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Our Man Down in Havana Book
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

Our Man Down in Havana


  • Author : Christopher Hull
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2019-03-05
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9781643131016

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Our Man Down in Havana Excerpt :

When U.S. immigration authorities deported Graham Greene from Puerto Rico in 1954, the British author made an unplanned visit to Havana and the former MI6 officer had stumbled upon the ideal setting for a comic espionage story. Three years later, he returned in the midst of Castro’s guerrilla insurgency against a U.S.-backed dictator to begin writing his iconic novel Our Man in Havana. Twelve weeks after its publication, in January 1959, the Cuban Revolution triumphed, soon transforming a capitalist playground into a communist stronghold.Combining biography, history, politics, and a measure of psychoanalysis, Our Man Down in Havana investigates the real story behind Greene’s fiction. It includes his many visits to a pleasure island that became a revolutionary island, turning his chance involvement into a political commitment. His Cuban novel describes an amateur agent who dupes his intelligence chiefs with invented reports about “concrete platforms and unidentifiable pieces of giant machinery.” With eerie prescience, Greene’s satirical tale had foretold the Cold War’s most perilous episode, the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.

Our Man in Havana Book
Score: 4
From 56 Ratings

Our Man in Havana


  • Author : Graham Greene
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2001
  • Genre: Classical fiction
  • Pages : 219
  • ISBN 10 : 9780099286080

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Wormold is a vacuum cleaner salesman in a city of powercuts.His adolescent daughter spends his money with a skill that amazes him so when a mysterious Englishman offers him an extra income he s tempted. In return all he has to do is file a few reports. Bu

Our Woman in Havana Book
Score: 4
From 8 Ratings

Our Woman in Havana


  • Author : Sarah Rainsford
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2018-09-06
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9781786074003

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Graham Greene saw the Castros rise; Sarah Rainsford watched them leave. From the street where Wormold, the hapless hero of Greene’s Our Man in Havana, plied his trade, BBC foreign correspondent Rainsford reports on Fidel’s reshaping of a nation, and what the future holds for ordinary Cubans now that he and his brother Raul are no longer in power. Through tales of literary ghosts and forgotten reporters, believers in the revolution and dissidents, entrepreneurs optimistic about the new Cuba and the disillusioned still looking for a way out, Our Woman in Havana paints an enthralling picture of this enigmatic country as it enters a new era.

The Devil s Garden Book

The Devil s Garden


  • Author : Steven Zaloga
  • Publisher : Stackpole Books
  • Release Date : 2013-10-01
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780811752770

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Fresh look at D-Day, one of World War II's pivotal battles, in time for its 70th anniversary in June 2014 Explains why the U.S. Army suffered enormous casualties on Omaha Beach Focuses on Erwin Rommel, the Desert Fox, who oversaw German defenses in Normandy Covers little-known aspects such as the German patrols tasked with shooting down the pigeons the French Resistance used to send messages to the Allies Relies on original research, including recently discovered German artillery maps Zaloga's well-supported conclusions are sure to spark debate

Waiting For Snow In Havana Book
Score: 4.5
From 14 Ratings

Waiting For Snow In Havana


  • Author : Carlos Eire
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2012-12-11
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781471108358

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A childhood in a privileged household in 1950s Havana was joyous and cruel, like any other-but with certain differences. The neighbour's monkey was liable to escape and run across your roof. Surfing was conducted by driving cars across the breakwater. Lizards and firecrackers made frequent contact. Carlos Eire's childhood was a little different from most. His father was convinced he had been Louis XVI in a past life. At school, classmates with fathers in the Batista government were attended by chauffeurs and bodyguards. At a home crammed with artifacts and paintings, portraits of Jesus spoke to him in dreams and nightmares. Then, in January 1959, the world changes: Batista is suddenly gone, a cigar-smoking guerrilla has taken his place, and Christmas is cancelled. The echo of firing squads is everywhere. And, one by one, the author's schoolmates begin to disappear-spirited away to the United States. Carlos will end up there himself, without his parents, never to see his father again. Narrated with the urgency of a confession, WAITING FOR SNOW IN HAVANA is both an ode to a paradise lost and an exorcism. More than that, it captures the terrible beauty of those times in our lives when we are certain we have died-and then are somehow, miraculously, reborn.

Hitler s Man in Havana Book

Hitler s Man in Havana


  • Author : Thomas Schoonover
  • Publisher : University Press of Kentucky
  • Release Date : 2008-09-12
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780813173023

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When Heinz Lüning posed as a Jewish refugee to spy for Hitler’s Abwehr espionage agency, he thought he had discovered the perfect solution to his most pressing problem: how to avoid being drafted into Hitler’s army. Lüning was unsympathetic to Fascist ideology, but the Nazis’ tight control over exit visas gave him no chance to escape Germany. He could enter Hitler’s army either as a soldier . . . or a spy. In 1941, he entered the Abwehr academy for spy training and was given the code name “Lumann.” Soon after, Lüning began the service in Cuba that led to his ultimate fate of being the only German spy executed in Latin America during World War II. Lüning was not the only spy operating in Cuba at the time. Various Allied spies labored in Havana; the FBI controlled eighteen Special Intelligence Service operatives, and the British counterintelligence section subchief Graham Greene supervised Secret Intelligence Service agents; and Ernest Hemingway’s private agents supplied inflated and inaccurate information about submarines and spies to the U.S. ambassador, Spruille Braden. Lüning stumbled into this milieu of heightened suspicion and intrigue. Poorly trained and awkward at his work, he gathered little information worth reporting, was unable to build a working radio and improperly mixed the formulas for his secret inks. Lüning eventually was discovered by British postal censors and unwittingly provided the inspiration for Graham Greene’s Our Man in Havana. In chronicling Lüning’s unlikely trajectory from a troubled life in Germany to a Caribbean firing squad, Thomas D. Schoonover makes brilliant use of untapped documentary sources to reveal the workings of the famed Abwehr and the technical and social aspects of Lüning’s spycraft. Using archival sources from three continents, Schoonover offers a narrative rich in atmospheric details to reveal the political upheavals of the time, not only tracking Lüning’s activities but also explaining the

England Made Me Book
Score: 2.5
From 4 Ratings

England Made Me


  • Author : Graham Greene
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2010-10-02
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9781409020455

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Set in a world that has lost the comfort of national identity and individualism, this is a powerful and unusual love story told by one of the 20th century's greatest writers. Anthony Farrant is back home after lying and cheating his way through one job after another in the Far East. When his adoring sister Kate sets him up with a role in Stockholm as bodyguard to her boss and lover, megalomaniac financier Krogh, Anthony seems set on a path to redemption. But when he receives orders from Krogh that offend his own sense of decency, he begins to leak information to a down-at-heel journalist: a decision that will cost Anthony much more than just his job. First published in 1935, England Made Me is an early Greene novel and helped to cement his reputation as an important and exciting new writing talent. 'Graham Greene has wit and grace and character and story and a transcendent universal compassion that places him for all time in the top ranks of world literature' John le Carré

Next Year in Havana Book
Score: 4
From 39 Ratings

Next Year in Havana


  • Author : Chanel Cleeton
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2018-02-06
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9780399586699

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A HELLO SUNSHINE x REESE WITHERSPOON BOOK CLUB PICK “A beautiful novel that's full of forbidden passions, family secrets and a lot of courage and sacrifice.”—Reese Witherspoon After the death of her beloved grandmother, a Cuban-American woman travels to Havana, where she discovers the roots of her identity—and unearths a family secret hidden since the revolution... Havana, 1958. The daughter of a sugar baron, nineteen-year-old Elisa Perez is part of Cuba's high society, where she is largely sheltered from the country's growing political unrest—until she embarks on a clandestine affair with a passionate revolutionary... Miami, 2017. Freelance writer Marisol Ferrera grew up hearing romantic stories of Cuba from her late grandmother Elisa, who was forced to flee with her family during the revolution. Elisa's last wish was for Marisol to scatter her ashes in the country of her birth. Arriving in Havana, Marisol comes face-to-face with the contrast of Cuba's tropical, timeless beauty and its perilous political climate. When more family history comes to light and Marisol finds herself attracted to a man with secrets of his own, she'll need the lessons of her grandmother's past to help her understand the true meaning of courage.

Ashenden Book
Score: 3
From 10 Ratings

Ashenden


  • Author : William Somerset Maugham
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 1928
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780099289708

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When war broke out in 1914, Somerset Maugham was dispatched by the British Secret Service to Switzerland under the guise of completing a play. Multilingual, knowledgeable about many European countries and a celebrated writer, Maugham had the perfect cover, and the assignment appealed to his love of romance, and of the ridiculous. The stories collected in Ashenden are rooted in Maugham's own experiences as an agent, reflecting the ruthlessness and brutality of espionage, its intrigue and treachery, as well as its absurdity.

The Unquiet Englishman  A Life of Graham Greene Book

The Unquiet Englishman A Life of Graham Greene


  • Author : Richard Greene
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2021-01-12
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 624
  • ISBN 10 : 9780393651072

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A Finalist for the 2022 Edgar Award A Washington Post Best Nonfiction Book of the Year A vivid, deeply researched account of the tumultuous life of one of the twentieth century’s greatest novelists, the author of The End of the Affair. One of the most celebrated British writers of his generation, Graham Greene’s own story was as strange and compelling as those he told of Pinkie the Mobster, Harry Lime, or the Whisky Priest. A journalist and MI6 officer, Greene sought out the inner narratives of war and politics across the world; he witnessed the Second World War, the Vietnam War, the Mau Mau Rebellion, the rise of Fidel Castro, and the guerrilla wars of Central America. His classic novels, including The Heart of the Matter and The Quiet American, are only pieces of a career that reads like a primer on the twentieth century itself. The Unquiet Englishman braids the narratives of Greene’s extraordinary life. It portrays a man who was traumatized as an adolescent and later suffered a mental illness that brought him to the point of suicide on several occasions; it tells the story of a restless traveler and unfailing advocate for human rights exploring troubled places around the world, a man who struggled to believe in God and yet found himself described as a great Catholic writer; it reveals a private life in which love almost always ended in ruin, alongside a larger story of politicians, battlefields, and spies. Above all, The Unquiet Englishman shows us a brilliant novelist mastering his craft. A work of wit, insight, and compassion, this new biography of Graham Greene, the first undertaken in a generation, responds to the many thousands of pages of letters that have recently come to light and to new memoirs by those who knew him best. It deals sensitively with questions of private life, sex, and mental illness, and sheds new light on one of the foremost modern writers.

Monsignor Quixote Book
Score: 3.5
From 13 Ratings

Monsignor Quixote


  • Author : Graham Greene
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2010-10-02
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9781409021001

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Driven away from his parish by a censorious bishop, Monsignor Quixote sets off across Spain accompanied by a deposed renegade mayor as his own Sancho Panza, and his noble steed Rocinante – a faithful but antiquated SEAT 600. Like Cervantes’s classic, this comic, picaresque fable offers enduring insights into our life and times.

Our Man in Iraq Book
Score: 3.5
From 3 Ratings

Our Man in Iraq


  • Author : Robert Perisic
  • Publisher : Catapult
  • Release Date : 2013-04-02
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 1936787059

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The first of Robert Perisic’s novels to be translated into English, Our Man in Iraq gets to the heart of life made and remade by war and serves as an unforgettable introduction to a vibrant voice from Croatia that's filled with characteristic humor and insight. 2003: As Croatia lurches from socialism into globalized capitalism, Toni, a cocky journalist in Zagreb, struggles to balance his fragile career, pushy family, and hotheaded girlfriend. But in a moment of vulnerability he makes a mistake: volunteering his unhinged Arabic–speaking cousin Boris to report on the Iraq War. Boris begins filing Gonzo missives from the conflict zone and Toni decides it is better to secretly rewrite his cousin’s increasingly incoherent ramblings than face up to the truth. But when Boris goes missing, Toni’s own sense of reality—and reliability—begins to unravel.

Blood  Class and Empire Book
Score: 4.5
From 4 Ratings

Blood Class and Empire


  • Author : Christopher Hitchens
  • Publisher : Bold Type Books
  • Release Date : 2009-04-24
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN 10 : 9780786740796

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Since the end of the Cold War so-called experts have been predicting the eclipse of America's "special relationship" with Britain. But as events have shown, especially in the wake of 9/11, the political and cultural ties between America and Britain have grown stronger. Blood, Class and Empire examines the dynamics of this relationship, its many cultural manifestations—the James Bond series, PBS "brit Kitsch," Rudyard Kipling—and explains why it still persists. Contrarian, essayist and polemicist Christopher Hitchens notes that while the relationship is usually presented as a matter of tradition, manners, and common culture, sanctified by wartime alliance, the special ingredient is empire; transmitted from an ancien regime that has tried to preserve and renew itself thereby. England has attempted to play Greece to the American Rome, but ironically having encouraged the United States to become an equal partner in the business of empire, Britain found itself supplanted.