April 15, 2013
National Archives and Spy Museum Host Free Espionage Book Fair Saturday, April 20
Washington, DC…The National Archives in partnership with the International Spy Museum presents a day of espionage and intrigue with a book fair of newly released titles of spies and their exploits. The fair is on Saturday, April 20, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and book signings will follow each of the programs.
The fair will be webcast live (then immediately archived) on the National Archives UStream channel [http://www.ustream.tv/usnationalarchives].
The book fair is free and open to the public and will take place in the William G. McGowan Theater at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. Use the Special Events Entrance, located at Constitution Ave. and 7th Street, NW. Metro accessible on the Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter station.
Jeff Stein, investigative reporter and “Spy Talk” columnist for the Washington Post, will host the following sessions:
Michael J. Sulick, 10:30 a.m.
Spying in America: Espionage from the Revolutionary War to the Dawn of the Cold War
Michael J. Sulick, former director of the CIA’s clandestine service, will discuss a history of espionage cases inside the United States from the American Revolution, through the Civil War and two World Wars, to the atomic age of the Manhattan Project. Spying in America is a perfect introduction to the early history of espionage in America and focuses on the motivation that drove these individuals to spy, the secrets they betrayed, their exposure and punishment, and the damage they inflicted upon America’s national security.
Randall B. Woods, noon
Shadow Warrior: William Egan Colby and the CIA
Eminent historian Randall B. Woods discusses his book Shadow Warrior, a biography of William Colby, a World War II commando, Cold War spy, and the CIA director under Presidents Nixon and Ford. William Egan Colby played a critical role in some of the most pivotal events of the 20th century. A quintessential member of the greatest generation, Colby embodied the moral and strategic ambiguities of the postwar world, and first confronted many of the dilemmas about power and secrecy that America still grapples with today.
Richard L. Holm, 1:30 p.m.
The Craft We Chose: My Life in the CIA
For more than three decades, Richard L. Holm worked in the CIA’s Directorate of Operations, now the National Clandestine Service, the component directly responsible for collecting human intelligence. His assignments took him to seven countries on three continents, and his travels added many more destinations. At almost every turn Holm encountered his share of dangerous characters and situations, including one that nearly ended his life before he turned 30. The Craft We Chose is a chronicle of those episodes.
Sandra Grimes, 3 p.m.
Circle of Treason: A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed
One of the most destructive traitors in American history, CIA officer Aldrich Ames provided information to the Soviet Union that contributed to the deaths of at least 10 Soviet intelligence officers who spied for the United States. Sandra Grimes, one of the two CIA officers directly responsible for tracking down Ames chronicles their involvement in the hunt for a mole. Considering it their personal mission, Sandra Grimes and Jeanne Vertefeuille dedicated themselves to identifying the traitor responsible for the execution or imprisonment of the Soviet agents with whom they worked. Their efforts eventually led them to a long-time acquaintance and coworker in the CIA's Soviet-East European division and Counterintelligence Center, Aldrich Ames.
Note: The Charters Cafe will be open to serve museum visitors and book fair attendees on Saturday, April 20 from 10a.m. to 4p.m.
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