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For Lust Of Knowing: Memoirs Of An Intelligence Officer
For Lust Of Knowing: Memoirs Of An Intelligence Officer
By Archie Roosevelt
Little, Brown, 1988, 500 pp

The author, grandson of Theodore Roosevelt, entered army intelligence in 1942 and spent most of his career with the CIA, much of it focused on the Islamic world. He retired in 1974 to become director of international relations for the Chase Manhattan Bank. The bulk of this entertaining book deals with the 1940s-good stories by a patrician raconteur, useful footnotes to the early history of America's plunge into Middle Eastern politics. The chapter on the Kurds is especially good. Mr. Roosevelt is discreet about events of the last 25 years. Nothing here to worry the top floor at Langley.