By Robert Littell
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780142002629, 896pp.)
Publication Date: March 25, 2003
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This critically acclaimed blockbuster from internationally renowned novelist Robert Littell seamlessly weaves together history and fiction to create a multigenerational, wickedly nostalgic saga of the CIA—known as "the Company" to insiders. Racing across a landscape spanning the legendary Berlin Base of the '50s, the Soviet invasion of Hungary, the Bay of Pigs, Afghanistan, and the Gorbachev putsch, The Company tells the thrilling story of agents imprisoned in double lives, fighting an amoral, elusive, formidable enemy—and each other—in an internecine battle within the Company itself. A brilliant, stunningly conceived epic thriller, The Company confirms Littell's place among the genre's elite.
Robert Littell was born, raised, and educated in New York. A former Newsweek editor specializing in Soviet affairs, he left journalism in 1970 to write fiction full time. Connoisseurs of the spy novel have elevated Robert Littell to the genre's highest ranks, and Tom Clancy wrote that “if Robert Littell didn’t invent the spy novel, he should have.” He is the author of fifteen novels, including the New York Times bestseller The Company and Legends, the 2005 L.A. Times Book Award for Best Thriller/Mystery. He currently lives in France.
"Compulsive reading from start to finish" —The Boston Globe
"Hugely entertaining...a serious look at how our nation exercises power...popular fiction at its finest." —The Washington Post Book World
"As it happens, this longest spy novel ever written turns out to be one of the best." —Chicago Tribune
"Reads like a breeze...guaranteed to suck you right back into the Alice-in-Wonderland world of spy vs. spy." —Newsweek
"If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel, he should have." —Tom Clancy