By Pete Earley

The writer of Family of Spies draws on interviews with KGB undercover agent Aldrich Ames and the brokers who stuck him to supply an intensive account of the fellow and the remarkable harm he did to the CIA. 80,000 first printing. $75,000 ad/promo.

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Carleton was thrilled. The agency was offering him a chance to serve his country, earn a better salary and travel overseas. Rachel agreed that it was a great opportunity. Although they were not supposed to tell anyone, Carleton and Rachel told their parents. Rachel's mother was horrified. "There has to be something wrong with a job if a person isn't supposed to tell anyone the truth about what he actually does," she snapped. Jesse Ames proved equally reticent. Why couldn't Carleton be satisfied working at the college in River Falls, just as he had done?

Then to the sailing cluby where I crewed for the adult A-license races and then sailed in B races by myself. I quickly learned the streets and immersed myself in the culture. I munched sugar caney drinking its juicey and occasionally smoked a cheroot, more for effect than enjoyment. I rode my bicycle all over and took the buses—old lorries with rickety wooden bus bodies—downtown to the library and the military post. I usually went by myself and a favorite spot was the Shwe Dagon pagoday only a fifteen-minute walk from our house.

He had come to offer him a job. S. aid programs were still banned in Burma, but the government allowed academics to do research there. If Carleton would apply for a sabbatical from his teaching job, the CIA would arrange for him to receive a study grant from the privately funded Catherwood Foundation to conduct research in Burma, the stranger explained. As far as anyone would know, Carleton would be writing a college textbook, a natural follow-up to his doctoral thesis, but he would actually work as a CIA officer.

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