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A former CIA officer and curator of the CIA Museum unveils the shocking untold story of Nobel Prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway's secret life as a spy for both the Americans and the Soviets before and during World War II.

While he was the curator of the CIA Museum, Nicholas Reynolds, a longtime military intelligence expert, began to discover tantalizing clues that suggested Ernest Hemingway's involvement in the Second World War was much more complex and dangerous than has been previously understood. Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy brings to light for the first time this riveting secret side of Hemingway's life - when he worked closely with both the American OSS, a precursor to the CIA, and the Soviet NKVD, the USSR's forerunner to the KGB, to defeat Adolf Hitler and the Nazis.

Reynolds digs deep into Hemingway's involvement in World War II, from his recruitment by both the Americans and the Soviets - who valued Hemingway for his journalistic skills and access to sources - through his key role in gaining tactical intelligence for the Allies during the liberation of Paris to his later doubts about communist ideology and his undercover work in Cuba. As he examines the links between his work as a spy and as an author, Reynolds reveals how Hemingway's wartime experiences shook his faith in literature and contributed to the writer's block that plagued him for much of the final two decades of his life. Reynolds also illuminates how those same experiences also informed one of Hemingway's greatest works - The Old Man and the Sea, the final novel published during his lifetime.

A unique portrait as fast paced and exciting as the best espionage thrillers, Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy illuminates a hidden side of a revered artist and is a thrilling addition to the annals of World War II.

©2017 Nicholas Reynolds (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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So entertaining you'd think it was fiction

This was an amazing book for any Hemingway fan. Although non fiction it's written like any great spy novel. A must read.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Hemingway between the West and the East

An extraordinary life by an extraordinary person. This book follows the role that Hemingway played during the Spanish civil war, in the the subsequent battle between the Allies and the Axis and in the the follow up Cold War. The author does show the good and the bad traits that Hemingway possessed without any sugarcoating and he does give his sources as many times as possible, making the story more believable and credible.
I would recommend this book to any big Hemingway fan that would like to get a glimpse on the life experiences that resulted in the masterpieces that Hemingway has written.

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Great Topic TMI

Maybe it was just me. I found it hard to follow ALL the detail so I didn’t finish. Hemingway had a style of writing only what needed to be said. Hence, the 6-letter-story format he created. The topic is very compelling. The telling of it, I found was not keeping my attention,

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Not for me

I found the performance to be one of the worst I've listened to, monotone and droning, the content is unexceptional made all the worse by lacklustre narration, this is the first book I've given up on.

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  • M. Butts
  • Farmington Hills, MI United States
  • 09-14-17

Not at all adventurous

Touched very little on Hemingway's exciting life, just endless discussion of his turmoil with politics.

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A God Amongst Men

A remarkable and cursed Man! He truly lived life to the fullest and made a huge impact on society!

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amazazing

this book was insightful. the list of Russian operatives in this book will blow your mind! also Roald Dhal a British spy!!! no,d blown

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Good but not great

The story was interesting in that it covered a good amount of his life much of which has been written elsewhere too. It does explore some events in greater depth which makes it a good "read" or tale. Definitely recommend to anyone who wants to learn more about him.

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great insight into a complex man.

great insight into a complex man and his relationship with Spanish republican, American institutions an Castro's Cuba. well written and very enjoyable

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Good reading that proves,

Real life events can be more exiting and adventurous than fiction. This book would be a good base material for a great movie.
Strongly recommended to read.

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  • Adam williams
  • 03-21-17

Extremely interesting

This is an amazingly insightful book, I've read many Hemingway autobiographies. some broad stroke and some more focussed on a single part of his life and how it affected the whole. This slots in perfectly with those and is a fine addition to any scholar of Hemingway.

The book is also a compelling story, some sticking power is required when the narrative halts briefly to fit in the great number of names, dates and facts contained in this impressive work.

To conclude, the book is great whether you're a stone cold devourer of anything Hemingway, a Hemingway scholar, or just like real life stories of spying, danger and intrigue.

Can't recommend it enough.