An Intriguing Life: A Memoir of War, Washington, and Marriage to an American Spymaster (Hardcover)

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From wartime England to Nixon's America and beyond, Cynthia Helms was witness to some of the seminal events of our time Vietnam, Watergate, and especially the demoralization of the CIA in the 1970s for political purposes. Opening with her feminist epiphany in 1968 (the annus horribilus as she describes it) that led her to end her first marriage of 24 years, this memoir reveals a world where appearances always had to be questioned, where rumors and gossip carried the weight of intrigue. Helms grew up on a farm in Maldon, England and served as one of the original Boat Crew Wrens during World War II. She came to the United States after the war with her first husband, a physician. Her later marriage to Richard Helms introduced her to a world previously known only to her in books, not just the physical world from Mexico to Fiji to Iran, but also the world of a spymaster who enjoyed the confidence of some of the most important leaders of the late twentieth century. Her time as the ambassador's wife in Tehran on the eve of the Iranian Revolution is especially telling, as she witnesses the charming but deeply flawed Shah slowly lose his way with his own people. Her inside the beltway observations are no less captivating, especially when her husband was being vilified by ambitious congressmen for events that happened long ago and far away and in a completely different national security context. Fascinating and highly readable, An Intriguing Life is a window to our most recent history.

About the Author


Chris Black is a writer and communications consultant. She was a political reporter for more than 30 years and worked at the Boston Globe and as a White House and Congressional Correspondent for Cable Network News (CNN). She is a native of Massachusetts and lives in Washington, D.C. and Marion, Massachusetts with her husband B. Jay Cooper.

Chris Black is a writer and communications consultant. She was a political reporter for more than 30 years and worked at the Boston Globe and as a White House and Congressional Correspondent for Cable Network News (CNN). She is a native of Massachusetts and lives in Washington, D.C. and Marion, Massachusetts with her husband B. Jay Cooper.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781442221314
ISBN-10: 1442221313
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Publication Date: December 16th, 2012
Pages: 199
Language: English