PLOT: Aldrich Ames the ultimate spy~ selling secrets to the KGB.
Aldrich Ames worked for the CIA~ having a failed first marriage and then marries a very well educated Columbian Rosario. Rosario likes nice things and spends at an alarming amount of money. When Rick (ALDLRICH) Ames is even more seriously in debt he takes a walk over to the Russian Embassy and offers to "sell secrets". As his information is proved "very helpful" and more operatives spying for the CIA 'disappear'.... Ames is given even more money a grand total of $2.7 MILLION dollars by the Russians. Dozens of people died and many ended up in prison. Ames continued to spy until the day he was arrested. He was mainly captured due to his very extravagant spending. When you pay $500,000 CASH for a house someone has to find out. LOL.....Jeanne Vertefelle and Sandy Grimes had worked for the CIA for years. They working hard even through the good old boy network only allowed women for typing. As they are recruited for a special team to ferret WHY so many CIA spies are "disappearing".... ruling out wire taps and communication breaches they only have a "mole" as the last possibility. Ames who felt he deserved a extravagant foreign car HE drove to work every day....finally gets noticed.... when combing Ame's bank statements do they get the final PROOF Ames has a new hobby.....selling secrets....to the KGB. This starts with the history of Jeanne and Sandy the authors... and their climb up the CIA ladder. then they are chosen to find the MOLE. Ames who is labeled a narcissist can pass a lie detector test has no feelings of guilt what so ever about his double dealing. The LOOK into the capture of a SPY and the workings of the CIA is both interesting and very entertaining. This book is excellent and give us the most accurate look at Ames by his own co workers. I give it 5 out of 5.
PLOT: NON fiction account of the Trail of Charles Manson and the FAMILY.
1969~ young Vincent Bugliosi is assigned the job of prosecuting Charlies Manson and Family Members for Murder. this is about 25 hours long. Gives you background Charles Manson who spent half his life behind bars. with the serial killings TATE and LaBianca killings. the police believe the main motive is DRUGS. But a fingerprint leads them to the Spahn Ranch and a group of HIPPIES living there. As Manson and his "FAMILY" a group hippie type kids who live for drugs, free love and *thrive* under the direction of Manson, they are soon released for lack of evidence on a car theft charge. Charlies moves his Family to the BARKER RANCH and destroys an earth moving machine and soon are back in POLICE custody. As Bugliosi gathers the evidence to prove Manson is involved in the killings he seeks the MOTIVE FOR MURDER. Manson believes he is the Jesus Christ and hears MESSAGES from the Beatles White Album to make Helter Skelter (war) and the ONLY surviors will be HIM and HIS family. With the testimony of family member Linda Kessabian the Trial moves forward. the trial takes over 8 months and Bugliosi is excellent as he pieces the motivies and proof of why and how the family were *managed and motivated* by Manson do his deadly deeds. This is first facinating how the poorly educated Manson learned the clever art of manipulation. and he was a master at it. BASED on the court documents we hear things not seen in any of the movies about Manson. This is a very good audio about the events leading up to and conviction of the Family. the reader is also very good. FACINATING~~~ A REVEALING LOOK A THE MIND AND MOTIVE OF CHARLES MANSON AND HIS KILLING FAMILY.
PLOT: DETAILS about the greatest spy network ever.
1930s and the Cambridge spies are being recruited one by one. Philby, Blunt, MacClean,and Guy Burgess. All decide to spy for Communist Russia. Because of education and the "good old boy" network the upper class education gets the Cambridge Spies into the best jobs in the foreign office and at the outbreak of World War 2. Harold "KIM" Philby has access and the means to simply remove TOP SECRET files and copy them at home and return them the next day. Dozens of under cover operatives are sold out and killed as a result of his treachery. When Burgess and MacClean end up escaping to Russia Philby is soon under suspicion. Because of the lack of PROOF they soon have to clear his name once he is accused of spying. The CIA and Angleton "trusted" Philby simply because he was so very charismatic. a heavy drinker and womanizer he still had people defend him no matter what. After he was "let go" from MI 6 he is in Africa doing the ONLY job he was allowed to have....reporting middle east events to a newspaper. One final 'confrontation" with by MI6 has Philby give a 'partial confession' and instead of putting him under arrest or at least having him under surveillance Philby simply hops a freighter and ends up in Russia. Philby had convinced himself he was a major player in the spy game and at least would be recognized as a KBG Officer. But his "golden cage" in Russia does not live up to his expectations. The KGB believe he is a triple agent planted by England to spy on Russia. This leads to yet more alcoholism and even an attempted suicide. He is followed and under constantly under the ever watchful eye of the KGB. and he is NOT allowed access to any kind of Russian Secrets. To pass the time he married a Russian woman and wrote books. He dies and was buried with full military honor in Moscow. This is a very good audiobook. It gives us a first hand look at the PERSONALITY of Philby who was both likeable and was able to pass on secrets that resulted in hundreds of people killed. Philby who never felt any kind of remorse OR responsibility or what happened as a result of his spying. The focus on this one is PHILBY. Maybe the greatest spy of all who was "allowed" to continue working and full access even when he was under suspicion. 4 STARS for story, very good reader and very interesting story.