Steinbeck: Citizen Spy changes everything we thought we knew about John Steinbeck.
After languishing in the CIA’s archives for 60 years, a letter is discovered in John Steinbeck’s own hand that shatters everything history tells us about the author’s life. Written in 1952 to CIA Director Walter Bedell Smith, Steinbeck makes an offer to become an asset for the Agency during a trip to Europe later that year. More shocking than Steinbeck’s letter is Smith’s reply accepting John’s proposal.
These and a host of other likely avenues leave little doubt that there are depths yet unplumbed in the life of one of America’s most treasured authors. Just how heavily was Steinbeck involved in CIA operations? What did he know? And how much did he sacrifice for his country? Steinbeck: Citizen Spy brings us one step closer to the truth. This text includes a note in the introduction from Thomas Steinbeck. To read an excerpt click here.
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