This critically acclaimed blockbuster seamlessly weaves together history and fiction to create a multigenerational, wickedly nostalgic saga of the Cold War and CIA, and is the basis for the recent TNT Original Miniseries, starring Michael Keaton, Chris ODonnell, and Alfred Molina. Abridged 1 CD.
If Le Carre is the Joyce of spy novelists Littell is the Dickens. Le Carre's focus has always been internal--spying as a metaphorical search for identity. Littell, on the other hand, wants to represent the entire espionage, a landscape on his canvas the social and political aspects, as well as the psychological. He's done that superbly, from The Defection of A.J. Lewinter through Walking Back the Cat (1997), but never in as much detail as in this nearly 1,000-page spy novel as epic. Seamlessly mixing real events and real people with the story of four fictional spies, Littell presents the history of the CIA, from post-war Berlin to the present. As Littell tells it, the story of the cold war is an Alice in Wonderland-like saga of multiple U.S. fiascoes leading inexplicably to a most peculiar victory.