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The book, titled appropriately enough "The Good Spy," is by Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Kai Bird. It tells the story of a master case officer named Robert Ames, who developed a deep relationship with the Palestine Liberation Organization's chief of intelligence, Ali Hassan Salameh, known as "Abu Hassan". "The Good Spy" has all the moral ambiguities a thriller reader could want. Readers who want the full story should savor Bird's meticulous account.Where the members of the CIA's founding generation were aristocratic Anglophiles, with an arrogance that often infected their operations, Ames conveyed the spirit of bedrock America. His closest Arab contact, a remarkable Lebanese named Mustafa Zein (who, as Bird documents, was never a paid CIA agent, despite all the help he provided), was drawn to these same heartland American values as an exchange student in Naperville, Illinois.Most important, Ames rejected the CIA tradecraft that said Salameh couldn't be trusted unless he was a controlled agent.
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