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True Believers - A Novel

Kurt Andersen

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post • San Francisco Chronicle In True Believers, Kurt Andersen-the New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed author of Heyday and Turn of the Century-delivers his most powerful and moving novel yet. Dazzling in its wit and effervescent insight, this kaleidoscopic tour de force of cultural observation and seductive storytelling alternates between the present and the 1960s-and indelibly captures the enduring impact of that time on the ways we live now. Karen Hollander is a celebrated attorney who recently removed herself from consideration for appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. Her reasons have their roots in 1968-an episode she's managed to keep secret for more than forty years. Now, with the imminent publication of her memoir, she's about to let the world in on that shocking secret-as soon as she can track down the answers to a few crucial last questions. As junior-high-school kids back in the early sixties, Karen and her two best friends, Chuck and Alex, roamed suburban Chicago on their bikes looking for intrigue and excitement. Inspired by the exotic romance of Ian Fleming's James Bond novels, they acted out elaborate spy missions pitting themselves against imaginary Cold War villains. As friendship carries them through childhood and on to college-in a polarized late-sixties America riven by war and race as well as sex, drugs, and rock and roll-the bad guys cease to be the creatures of make-believe. Caught up in the fervor of that extraordinary and uncanny time, they find themselves swept into a dangerous new game with the highest possible stakes. Today, only a handful of people are left who know what happened. As Karen reconstructs the past and reconciles the girl she was then with the woman she is now, finally sharing pieces of her secret past with her national-security-cowboy boyfriend and activist granddaughter, the power of memory and history and luck become clear. A resonant coming-of-age story and a thrilling political mystery,

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post • San Francisco Chronicle In True Believers, Kurt Andersen-the New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed author of Heyday and Turn of the Century-delivers his most powerful and moving novel yet. Dazzling in its wit and effervescent insight, this kaleidoscopic tour de force of cultural observation and seductive storytelling alternates between the present and the 1960s-and indelibly captures the enduring impact of that time on the ways we live now. Karen Hollander is a celebrated attorney who recently removed herself from consideration for appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. Her reasons have their roots in 1968-an episode she's managed to keep secret for more than forty years. Now, with the imminent publication of her memoir, she's about to let the world in on that shocking secret-as soon as she can track down the answers to a few crucial last questions. As junior-high-school kids back in the early sixties, Karen and her two best friends, Chuck and Alex, roamed suburban Chicago on their bikes looking for intrigue and excitement. Inspired by the exotic romance of Ian Fleming's James Bond novels, they acted out elaborate spy missions pitting themselves against imaginary Cold War villains. As friendship carries them through childhood and on to college-in a polarized late-sixties America riven by war and race as well as sex, drugs, and rock and roll-the bad guys cease to be the creatures of make-believe. Caught up in the fervor of that extraordinary and uncanny time, they find themselves swept into a dangerous new game with the highest possible stakes. Today, only a handful of people are left who know what happened. As Karen reconstructs the past and reconciles the girl she was then with the woman she is now, finally sharing pieces of her secret past with her national-security-cowboy boyfriend and activist granddaughter, the power of memory and history and luck become clear. A resonant coming-of-age story and a thrilling political mystery,
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NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post • San Francisco Chronicle In True Believers, Kurt Andersen-the New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed author of Heyday and Turn of the Century-delivers his most powerful and moving novel yet. Dazzling in its wit and effervescent insight, this kaleidoscopic tour de force of cultural observation and seductive storytelling alternates between the present and the 1960s-and indelibly captures the enduring impact of that time on the ways we live now. Karen Hollander is a celebrated attorney who recently removed herself from consideration for appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. Her reasons have their roots in 1968-an episode she's managed to keep secret for more than forty years. Now, with the imminent publication of her memoir, she's about to let the world in on that shocking secret-as soon as she can track down the answers to a few crucial last questions. As junior-high-school kids back in the early sixties, Karen and her two best friends, Chuck and Alex, roamed suburban Chicago on their bikes looking for intrigue and excitement. Inspired by the exotic romance of Ian Fleming's James Bond novels, they acted out elaborate spy missions pitting themselves against imaginary Cold War villains. As friendship carries them through childhood and on to college-in a polarized late-sixties America riven by war and race as well as sex, drugs, and rock and roll-the bad guys cease to be the creatures of make-believe. Caught up in the fervor of that extraordinary and uncanny time, they find themselves swept into a dangerous new game with the highest possible stakes. Today, only a handful of people are left who know what happened. As Karen reconstructs the past and reconciles the girl she was then with the woman she is now, finally sharing pieces of her secret past with her national-security-cowboy boyfriend and activist granddaughter, the power of memory and history and luck become clear. A resonant coming-of-age story and a thrilling political mystery,

Language:

English

Narrators:

Vanessa Hart

Length:

18h 45m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

01:02


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:55


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:04


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:25


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:39


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:23


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:52


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:15


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:35


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:35


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:35


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:41


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:42


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:57


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:16


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:46


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:18


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:19


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:32


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:05


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:15


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:32


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:07


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:42


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:07


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:40


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:45


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:57


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:11


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:09


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:14


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:26


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:04


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:09


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:17


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:56


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:16


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:33


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:59


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:50


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:52


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:50


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:49


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:00


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:37


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:35


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:39


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:53


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:56


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:55


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:11


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:45


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:07


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:46


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:55


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:34


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:21


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:37


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:20


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:11


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:02


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:10


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:47


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:13


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:04


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:32


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:52


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:12


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:35


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:30


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:09


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:56


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:03


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:34


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:40


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:10


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:00


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:10


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:43


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:04


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:49


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:28


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:36


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:07


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:41


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:05


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:14


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:22


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

06:47


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

07:22


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:09


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

07:41


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

07:10


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

07:00


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

07:15


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

07:21


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

07:59


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

07:18


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

07:18


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

06:10


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

05:56


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

06:18


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

05:31


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

07:38


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

05:49


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

07:52


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

07:02


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

05:15


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

06:25


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

06:03


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

05:31


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

05:51


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

05:37


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

05:15


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

05:31


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

05:36


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

06:05


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

06:52


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

07:05


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

07:23


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

08:00


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

06:46


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

07:21


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

07:50


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

07:04


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

06:34


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

07:26


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

07:22


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

07:26


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

06:36


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

07:39


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

07:08


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

06:30


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

07:32


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

07:44


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

07:33


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

07:19


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

05:46


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

06:34


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

06:02


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

06:00


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

05:51


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

05:56


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

06:00


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

06:13


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

05:35


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

05:25


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

06:03


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

05:45


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

05:37


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

06:14


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

05:46


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

05:58


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

06:14


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

05:50


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

06:58


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

07:11


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

06:42


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

07:24


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

05:57


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

05:22


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

07:31


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

05:26


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

05:23


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

05:27


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

06:56


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

05:32


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

06:53


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

06:24


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

06:45


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

06:59


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

06:32


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

07:03


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

07:16


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

00:33