- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow (March 14 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062440136
- ISBN-13: 978-0062440136
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.1 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 726 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #214,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway's Secret Adventures, 1935-1961 Hardcover – Deckle Edge, Mar 14 2017
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“Important.... Reynolds, a former curator at the CIA Museum, demonstrates that Hemingway was afraid the FBI might uncover a dirty little secret he had hidden for more than 20 years: In 1940 he had agreed to assist the NKVD, the Soviet Union’s foreign intelligence agency.” (Wall Street Journal)
“Captivating. ... An important addition to the canon of one of America’s foremost writers. Reynolds’s unique biography reads like an espionage thriller.” (The Missourian)
“Nicholas Reynolds’s fascinating new research in Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy shows that [Hemingway] was in fact working for both the Russians and the Americans.” (New York Review of Books)
“Reynolds looks among the shadows and finds a Hemingway not seen before.” (London Review of Books)
“An engrossing read for Hemingway buffs as well as casual readers, Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy adds more fascinating details to a life that remains continually fascinating.” (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
“Renowned American novelist Ernest Hemingway led a shocking secret life as a Soviet spy, according to claims in a new book. The startling revelations are detailed in Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy by former CIA officer Nicholas Reynolds.“
(Daily Mail (UK))
“The riveting, brand-new story of how America’s greatest writer was shaped by his secret adventures as a spy for both U.S. intelligence and the Soviet NKVD: Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy is compelling, vivid, and essential reading for all Hemingway and espionage fans.” (William Doyle, author of PT 109: An American Epic of War, Survival, and the Destiny of John F. Kennedy)
“A thorough, well researched, and highly readable account of Ernest Hemingway’s engagement with espionage (American and Soviet), Communism, and military adventurism. ... In particular, Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy is the first book to put Hemingway’s dalliance with the Soviet NKVD in the broader context of Hemingway’s life.” (John Earl Haynes, coauthor of Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America)
“[An] engrossing story of Hemingway’s disillusionment with American politics, his sympathy with communism, and his attraction to adventure and subversion.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Drawing on his intelligence background, Reynolds uncovers a trove of documents that point to American novelist Ernest Hemingway’s recruitment in 1940 by the NKVD. ... Reynolds ably researches Hemingway’s World War II adventures. ... Intriguing. ... Recommended.” (Library Journal)
About the Author
Nicholas Reynolds has worked in the fields of modern military history and intelligence off and on for forty years, with some unusual detours. Freshly minted PhD from Oxford University in hand, he joined the United States Marine Corps in the 1970s, serving as an infantry officer and then as a historian. As a colonel in the reserves, he eventually became officer in charge of field history, deploying historians around the world to capture history as it was being made. When not on duty with the USMC, he served as a CIA officer at home and abroad, immersing himself in the very human business of espionage. Most recently, he was the historian for the CIA Museum, responsible for developing its strategic plan and helping to turn remarkable artifacts into compelling stories. He currently teaches as an adjunct professor for Johns Hopkins University and, with his wife, Becky, cares for rescue pugs.
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The book all makes sense. So does Reynolds' theory that the signing later haunted the Nobel prize winner and Bronze Star awardee, who had much to lose in the time of McCarthy had the full nature of his Soviet flirtation come to light during the McCarthy hearings or during the Rosenburg trial. Reynolds traces Hemingway through his crazy ride in the thirties up until his death, creating compelling evidence that this very big secret of Hemingway's may have heavily contributed to his paranoia, his secretivity, and in the end, his downhill slide to death.
Just a great read. And I didn't mention the fascinating inlucsions of Gellhorn, the Chinese, the U-Boats. As we always knew, Hemingway was bigger than life. This impeccably researched volume shows him to be even more massive and considerably more complex than we realized, and possibly more his own man within his own strange code than we will ever fully understand.
Second, from the foreword to the end, the author spends a great deal of energy focusing on the spy angle. However, because he was unable to get access to sufficient sources (especially on the NKVD front), he opts to really stretch out what little he does know. This leads to some passages where you can read a over a page based on nothing but conjecture as to what actually happened (or if anything happened at all).