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Press, Sylvia

The care of devils

Beacon Press, Boston. 1958, 243p., first edition clothbacked boards in faintly shelfworn dj. Laid in is a 4p. als from Ms Press, written in 1965, to San Francisco attorney Jake Ehrlich, passionately requesting his advice on matters pertinent to the book. (He evidently felt, discarding both book and petitioning letter, that a suit against CIA would not prosper). Fictionalized autobiography. Press was employed by CIA as a compiler of in-house studies --according to her a very capable one-- who took one too many vacations to Mexico during the red scare. The CIA was under the gun, or self-compelled, to find reds within their bailiwick and fire them. There may have been a quota. Sylvia didn't understand why she was being fired and made a terrible pest of herself in the corridors of power and then they REALLY wanted to get rid of her. Her revenge is this novelized memoir. In a penultimate scene she gets an audience with Allen Dulles ("Clarence Rommel" in the novel). "There was something unusual and oddly disturbing about his proportions that she could not immediatelly put her finger on."In the end she realizes what it is: "his head was too large, his fleshy features leonine, his smile that of a huge feline seen at too close range"

Cat.No: 116234

Price: $45.00

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