A Covert Affair

The Adventures of Julia Child and Paul Child in the OSS
Conant, Jennet (Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
A Covert Affair

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A stunning account of Julia Child's early life as an OSS agent in the Far East.
Authors: Conant, Jennet
Title: A covert affair
the adventures of Julia Child and Paul Child in the OSS
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2011
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
Characteristics: 395 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill. ;,25 cm
Contents: Special inquiry
Late start
A fine sort
Instant fame
Great white queen of Bali
Chickens coming home to roost
Whispers in the willow trees
Incurable romantics
Open season
The nightmare
The taste of ashes
Summary: A stunning account of Julia Child's early life as an OSS agent in the Far East.
ISBN: 1442341912
Statement of Responsibility: Jennet Conant
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: United States Politics and government 1945-1954 Anti-communist movements United States History 20th century Intelligence officers United States Biography World War, 1939-1945 Secret service United States United States. Office of Strategic Services Biography McCarthy, Joseph, 1908-1957 Child, Paul, 1902-1994 Homes and haunts Europe Child, Julia Homes and haunts Europe Child, Paul, 1902-1994 Child, Julia
Topical Term: United States
Anti-communist movements
Intelligence officers
World War, 1939-1945
LCCN: 2011002875
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Jan 26, 2013
  • marydave rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I read a few pages and skimmed the rest. As others have said, it is NOT about Paul and Julia Child and it is NOT well written. Major disappointment. Anyone interested in the Child's should read "My Life in France" instead.

Nov 03, 2012
  • Ichigaga rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Only about 50% of this book is actually about Julia and Paul Child. The balance is about Jane Foster and others at the OSS. Never the less I learned alot about the OSS, post WWII Asia politics, and the disgusting Red scare hearings led by Sen McCarthy.

Jun 27, 2011
  • rstocksf rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I finished this book with mixed emotions. It is a compelling and well-written account, however it focuses more on the McCarthy era of the 1950's than on the war-time activities of the OSS. Furthermore, the story of Paul and Julia Child is secondary to the exploits of Jane Foster, an OSS colleague turned expatriate who may or may not have been a Soviet spy. The title of the book is a misleading attempt to capitalize on the famous Child name. In addition, Paul and Julia Child emerge as intellectual and political snobs; they reveled in the company of anyone whose point of view they agreed with, but had only disdain for those who disagreed with them. Finally, the book is in desperate need of a good line editor--a shocking number of typos, cliches, and grammatical errors litter the pages.

Recounts the couple's experiences in the Office of Strategic Services during World War II and the early stages of the Cold War


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