A Covert Affair

A Covert Affair

The Adventures of Julia Child and Paul Child in the OSS

Book - 2011
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A stunning account of Julia Child's early life as an OSS agent in the Far East.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2011
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781439163528
Branch Call Number: 940.5485 CON
Characteristics: 395 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm


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Jan 26, 2013

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

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

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.

debwalker Apr 28, 2011

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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