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A Covert Affair - Julia Child and Paul Child in the OSS-logo

A Covert Affair - Julia Child and Paul Child in the OSS

Jennet Conant

New York Times bestselling author Jennet Conant presents this stunning account of Julia Child's early life as a member of the O.S.S. 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. When the news was first released in the fall of 2008 that Julia Child had secretly worked for the O.S.S. the announcement made headlines across the country. Julia Child's legions of fans were shocked. Now, there is an enormous amount of new material available to flesh out this fascinating story. Julia Child's O.S.S. files as well as those of her husband and many of her closest friends in the service, have recently been declassified. Conant has written a wonderful and meticulously researched account about three young women who were recruited by the O.S.S. in Washington and sent to remote outposts in the Far East. The bright and often eccentric 6' 2" Julia springs to life, like a privileged and naïve heroine out of an Edith Wharton novel and follows her personal and political coming of age in Ceylon and China, and the life altering romance at thirty-four with the much older and more worldly Paul Child. The dramatic experiences of Julia's close friend Jane Foster, a charismatic blue-eyed blond O.S.S. agent, casts a provocative light on those nightmarish postwar years. During the height of the McCarthy red hunt, Foster was accused of being a spy. Suspicion quickly fell on her closest friends. Julia and Paul Child, who stayed loyal to Jane Foster, left the diplomatic corps and found a new line of work, and the rest, as they say, is history.

New York Times bestselling author Jennet Conant presents this stunning account of Julia Child's early life as a member of the O.S.S. 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. When the news was first released in the fall of 2008 that Julia Child had secretly worked for the O.S.S. the announcement made headlines across the country. Julia Child's legions of fans were shocked. Now, there is an enormous amount of new material available to flesh out this fascinating story. Julia Child's O.S.S. files as well as those of her husband and many of her closest friends in the service, have recently been declassified. Conant has written a wonderful and meticulously researched account about three young women who were recruited by the O.S.S. in Washington and sent to remote outposts in the Far East. The bright and often eccentric 6' 2" Julia springs to life, like a privileged and naïve heroine out of an Edith Wharton novel and follows her personal and political coming of age in Ceylon and China, and the life altering romance at thirty-four with the much older and more worldly Paul Child. The dramatic experiences of Julia's close friend Jane Foster, a charismatic blue-eyed blond O.S.S. agent, casts a provocative light on those nightmarish postwar years. During the height of the McCarthy red hunt, Foster was accused of being a spy. Suspicion quickly fell on her closest friends. Julia and Paul Child, who stayed loyal to Jane Foster, left the diplomatic corps and found a new line of work, and the rest, as they say, is history.
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New York Times bestselling author Jennet Conant presents this stunning account of Julia Child's early life as a member of the O.S.S. 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. When the news was first released in the fall of 2008 that Julia Child had secretly worked for the O.S.S. the announcement made headlines across the country. Julia Child's legions of fans were shocked. Now, there is an enormous amount of new material available to flesh out this fascinating story. Julia Child's O.S.S. files as well as those of her husband and many of her closest friends in the service, have recently been declassified. Conant has written a wonderful and meticulously researched account about three young women who were recruited by the O.S.S. in Washington and sent to remote outposts in the Far East. The bright and often eccentric 6' 2" Julia springs to life, like a privileged and naïve heroine out of an Edith Wharton novel and follows her personal and political coming of age in Ceylon and China, and the life altering romance at thirty-four with the much older and more worldly Paul Child. The dramatic experiences of Julia's close friend Jane Foster, a charismatic blue-eyed blond O.S.S. agent, casts a provocative light on those nightmarish postwar years. During the height of the McCarthy red hunt, Foster was accused of being a spy. Suspicion quickly fell on her closest friends. Julia and Paul Child, who stayed loyal to Jane Foster, left the diplomatic corps and found a new line of work, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Jan Maxwell

Length:

13h 55m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

17:49


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

18:07


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

24:29


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

24:39


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

22:58


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

25:24


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

26:44


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

26:49


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

22:11


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

23:59


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

17:56


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

26:12


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

20:51


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

12:41


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

23:26


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

22:53


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

21:05


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

15:13


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

21:19


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

25:15


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

25:44


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

21:20


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

22:48


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

25:43


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

23:35


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

21:25


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

28:09


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

29:48


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

24:21


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

29:20


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

27:40


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

26:13


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

27:53


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

14:26


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

21:09


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

15:33


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

10:32