An Intriguing Life

An Intriguing Life

A Memoir of War, Washington, and Marriage to An American Spymaster

Book - 2013
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Relates the life of a woman who lived in Washington D.C.'s political culture and witnessed some of the most important moments of the twentieth century.
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2013
ISBN: 9781442221314
1442221313
9781442221321
1442221321
Branch Call Number: 921 Helms
Description: vii, 199 pages, 16 unnumbered pages : illustrations, portrait ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Black, Christine M.

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candle
Mar 22, 2013

Regardless of whether someof the intrigues may be the fantasies of the author l felt , as a person who lived in the World War 11 age, it was a very readable book and brought back many memories of that time.

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BobScott36
Mar 04, 2013

Anyone interested in a female view of World War II and of politics in the US government should read this book. Cynthia Helms was personally acquainted with or met people in the medical profession, foreign rulers, from the social register and Washington insiders. Great read.

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StarGladiator
Feb 05, 2013

". . . especially when her husband was being vilified . . ." Ummm...that would be the same Richard Helms who had an accident outside of Chestnut Lodge Sanitarium in Rockville, MD, where he claimed he was seeing a psychoanalyst, when in reality he was shredding files on the MK ULTRA project which were located there, as the CIA's MK ULTRA program had its very own wing at that sanitarium for various human experimentation. (One among many experiments was memory erasure, and if you should read Gerard Colby's amazing book "Thy Will Be Done" you'll understand who one of their unfortunate successful victims was.) This would be the same Richard Helms who initiated the MK ULTRA program, petitioning then CIA Director Dulles for the power to do so back around 1950 or '51. Helms shredded all the important files when they were subpoenaed by congress, part of the reason he was officially cited in contempt of congress and sent packing from the CIA. Helms' number two guy in his program was psycho guy, Sidney Gottlieb, and his program was responsible for the devising of many deadly weapons and psychotropic poisons, said substances appearing in the deaths of Frank Wisner, Sr., journalists Dorothy Kilgallen and Larry Stern (Washington Post). This book receives an extreme negative rating for fictional content represented as fact.

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