Nonfiction Short Take: Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy – Nicholas Reynolds

Just when you thought every dark nook and cranny of Hemingway’s life had been explored, military historian Nicholas Reynolds arrives with new information that suggests Hemingway worked as a spy during WWII—both for OSS and the NKVD (a precursor of the KGB)!

Reynolds has spent his career in military intelligence, including a decade as curator of the CIA Museum where he first discovered clues that suggested Hemingway’s WWII activities included some spycraft.

[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, both in Cuba and Europe, including clandestine activities supporting America’s war effort. … An intriguing study highlighting the tension between Hemingway’s Soviet sympathies and his identity as a U.S. patriot. … Recommended for Hemingway enthusiasts and for readers interested in the history of Soviet espionage.”
   — Library Journal

Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway’s Secret Adventures, 1935-1961 (9780062440136) by Nicholas Reynolds. $27.99 hardcover. 3/14/17 on sale.

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