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The Good Spy - The Life and Death of Robert Ames

Kai Bird

The Good Spy is Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Kai Bird's compelling portrait of the remarkable life and death of one of the most important operatives in CIA history - a man who, had he lived, might have helped heal the rift between Arabs and the West. On April 18, 1983, a bomb exploded outside the American Embassy in Beirut, killing 63 people. The attack was a geopolitical turning point. It marked the beginning of Hezbollah as a political force, but even more important, it eliminated America's most influential and effective intelligence officer in the Middle East - CIA operative Robert Ames. What set Ames apart from his peers was his extraordinary ability to form deep, meaningful connections with key Arab intelligence figures. Some operatives relied on threats and subterfuge, but Ames worked by building friendships and emphasizing shared values - never more notably than with Yasir Arafat's charismatic intelligence chief and heir apparent Ali Hassan Salameh (aka "The Red Prince"). Ames' deepening relationship with Salameh held the potential for a lasting peace. Within a few years, though, both men were killed by assassins, and America's relations with the Arab world began heading down a path that culminated in 9/11, the War on Terror, and the current fog of mistrust. Bird, who as a child lived in the Beirut Embassy and knew Ames as a neighbor when he was twelve years old, spent years researching The Good Spy. Not only does the book draw on hours of interviews with Ames' widow, and quotes from hundreds of Ames' private letters, it's woven from interviews with scores of current and former American, Israeli, and Palestinian intelligence officers as well as other players in the Middle East "Great Game." What emerges is a masterpiece-level narrative of the making of a CIA officer, a uniquely insightful history of twentieth-century conflict in the Middle East, and an absorbing hour-by-hour account of the Beirut Embassy bombing. Even more impressive, Bird draws on his reporter's skills to deliver a full doss

The Good Spy is Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Kai Bird's compelling portrait of the remarkable life and death of one of the most important operatives in CIA history - a man who, had he lived, might have helped heal the rift between Arabs and the West. On April 18, 1983, a bomb exploded outside the American Embassy in Beirut, killing 63 people. The attack was a geopolitical turning point. It marked the beginning of Hezbollah as a political force, but even more important, it eliminated America's most influential and effective intelligence officer in the Middle East - CIA operative Robert Ames. What set Ames apart from his peers was his extraordinary ability to form deep, meaningful connections with key Arab intelligence figures. Some operatives relied on threats and subterfuge, but Ames worked by building friendships and emphasizing shared values - never more notably than with Yasir Arafat's charismatic intelligence chief and heir apparent Ali Hassan Salameh (aka "The Red Prince"). Ames' deepening relationship with Salameh held the potential for a lasting peace. Within a few years, though, both men were killed by assassins, and America's relations with the Arab world began heading down a path that culminated in 9/11, the War on Terror, and the current fog of mistrust. Bird, who as a child lived in the Beirut Embassy and knew Ames as a neighbor when he was twelve years old, spent years researching The Good Spy. Not only does the book draw on hours of interviews with Ames' widow, and quotes from hundreds of Ames' private letters, it's woven from interviews with scores of current and former American, Israeli, and Palestinian intelligence officers as well as other players in the Middle East "Great Game." What emerges is a masterpiece-level narrative of the making of a CIA officer, a uniquely insightful history of twentieth-century conflict in the Middle East, and an absorbing hour-by-hour account of the Beirut Embassy bombing. Even more impressive, Bird draws on his reporter's skills to deliver a full doss
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The Good Spy is Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Kai Bird's compelling portrait of the remarkable life and death of one of the most important operatives in CIA history - a man who, had he lived, might have helped heal the rift between Arabs and the West. On April 18, 1983, a bomb exploded outside the American Embassy in Beirut, killing 63 people. The attack was a geopolitical turning point. It marked the beginning of Hezbollah as a political force, but even more important, it eliminated America's most influential and effective intelligence officer in the Middle East - CIA operative Robert Ames. What set Ames apart from his peers was his extraordinary ability to form deep, meaningful connections with key Arab intelligence figures. Some operatives relied on threats and subterfuge, but Ames worked by building friendships and emphasizing shared values - never more notably than with Yasir Arafat's charismatic intelligence chief and heir apparent Ali Hassan Salameh (aka "The Red Prince"). Ames' deepening relationship with Salameh held the potential for a lasting peace. Within a few years, though, both men were killed by assassins, and America's relations with the Arab world began heading down a path that culminated in 9/11, the War on Terror, and the current fog of mistrust. Bird, who as a child lived in the Beirut Embassy and knew Ames as a neighbor when he was twelve years old, spent years researching The Good Spy. Not only does the book draw on hours of interviews with Ames' widow, and quotes from hundreds of Ames' private letters, it's woven from interviews with scores of current and former American, Israeli, and Palestinian intelligence officers as well as other players in the Middle East "Great Game." What emerges is a masterpiece-level narrative of the making of a CIA officer, a uniquely insightful history of twentieth-century conflict in the Middle East, and an absorbing hour-by-hour account of the Beirut Embassy bombing. Even more impressive, Bird draws on his reporter's skills to deliver a full doss

Language:

English

Narrators:

Rene Ruiz

Length:

14h 48m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

02:54


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

00:22


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:03


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:15


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:45


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:01


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:36


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:54


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:17


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:41


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

09:36


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:01


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:45


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:26


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:38


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:04


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:15


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:01


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:14


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:26


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:05


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

02:51


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

09:02


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:47


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

02:57


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:15


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:24


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:20


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:29


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:28


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:58


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:22


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:36


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:35


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:31


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:05


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

09:09


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:59


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

09:16


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:57


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:22


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:04


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

02:11


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:15


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:49


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:53


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:04


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:08


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:58


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:02


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:56


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:14


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

09:45


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:32


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:02


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:50


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:19


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:45


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:50


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:06


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:56


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:04


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:37


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:34


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:46


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

02:29


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

02:56


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:38


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

01:39


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:51


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

08:57


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:32


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:49


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:44


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:06


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:06


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:25


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

08:29


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

03:00


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

03:24


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

08:19


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:01


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

03:38


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:16


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

08:49


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

02:15


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

03:33


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:55


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

08:09


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

02:33


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

09:49


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:31


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:03


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:19


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

08:01


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

07:58


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

08:17


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

09:00


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

06:36


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

01:52


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

06:35


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

01:48


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

07:06


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

06:28


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

02:47


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

03:40


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

06:23


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

03:22


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

02:11


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

06:15


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

07:47


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

08:28


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

09:36


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

06:59


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

07:18


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

05:45


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

06:20


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

02:21


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

06:28


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

07:07


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

02:44


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

07:01


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

05:30


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

06:22


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

06:25


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

08:28


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

02:47


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

05:42


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

03:43


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

05:13


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

06:14


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

06:47


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

05:47


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

03:28


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

06:03


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

04:00


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

07:44


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

09:32


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

03:44


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

05:16


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

06:58


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

05:37


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

08:13


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

04:52


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

04:18


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

06:55


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

05:24


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

06:19


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

06:12


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

03:14


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

07:19


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

00:30