eBook Steinbeck: Citizen Spy By Brian Kannard – Schematicwiringdiagram.co

We all know John Steinbeck, don t we The author of The Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men, Cannery Row member of communist organizations in the 1930 s lifelong associate of prominent leftists we know him, right He was a prewar liberal who flirted with communism, and made multiple tours of the Soviet Union during the Cold War.Except maybe we don t know him at all There have always been curiosities in the customary story of Steinbeck s life most notably, perhaps, the way he completely dodged We all know John Steinbeck, don t we The author of The Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men, Cannery Row member of communist organizations in the 1930 s lifelong associate of prominent leftists we know him, right He was a prewar liberal who flirted with communism, and made multiple tours of the Soviet Union during the Cold War.Except maybe we don t know him at all There have always been curiosities in the customary story of Steinbeck s life most notably, perhaps, the way he completely dodged the Red Scare that did so much damage to so many of his artistic colleagues in the 1950s Wikipedia tells us that the FBI could find no basis for prosecuting Steinbeck, but plenty of people found themselves hauled before a Congressional committee to have their lives turned inside out and their livelihoods destroyed without ever committing a prosecuteable crime Not so Steinbeck.That s the sort of oddity that started Brian Kannard on a long period of detective work His conjecture that John Steinbeck had been left alone by the goons of the House Un American Activities Committee because he was working for the intelligence services of the United States If not exactly a spy, he was an asset, making observations and doing little jobs for the CIA all through the Cold War.A crazy idea, right Until finally, onein an endless stream of Freedom of Information Act requests produced a 1952 letter, in Steinbeck s own hand, to the Director of Central Intelligence, offering his services to the Agency And another letter from the DCI accepting them Steinbeck s letter can be seen on the cover of the book it is of course reproduced inside So those things are facts, and by themselves they are worth the price of admission Just those two letters will change the way we understand a great American author s life But there is muchhere using Steinbeck s life as a guideline, Kannard takes us through a history of espionage in the 20th Century front organizations, psychological warfare operations, assassinations, propaganda campaigns Again and again, Steinbeck turns up in the thick of things, and those 1952 letters force us to scratch our heads and wonderThere is a lot in this book, and the thread can be a bit hard to follow at times But it s a heck of a ride, intriguing and even quite thrilling as we read along and find ourselves in possession of that incredible letter.A great read for literati, historians, and espionage geeks This is a book that is bound to have an impact, and oblige us to reconsider a man we all thought we knew Who knows what further discoveries may come of it This changes everything we thought we knew about John Steinbeck After languishing in the CIA s archives foryears, a letter is uncovered in John Steinbeck s own hand that shatters everything history tells us about the author s life Written in , to CIA Director Walter Bedell Smith, Steinbeck makes an offer to become an asset for the Agency during a trip to Europe later that year More shocking than Steinbeck s letter is Smith s reply accepting John s proposal Discovered by author Brian Kannard, these letters create the tantalizing proposal that John Steinbeck was, in fact, a CIA spy Utilizing information from Steinbeck s FBI file, John s own correspondence, and interviews with John s son Thomas Steinbeck, playwright Edward Albee, a former CIA intelligence officer, and others, Steinbeck Citizen Spy uncovers the secret life of American cultural icon and Nobel Prize winner, John Steinbeck Did Steinbeck actively gather information for the intelligence community during hisandtrips to the Soviet Union Why was the controversial author of The Grapes of Wrath never called before the House Select Committee on Un American Activities, despite alleged ties to Communist organizations Did the CIA influence Steinbeck to produce Cold War propaganda as part of Operation MOCKINGBIRD Why did the CIA admit to the Church Committee inthat Steinbeck was a subject of their illegal mail opening program known as HTLINGUAL These and a host of other resources leave little doubt that there are depths yet unplumbed in the life of one of America s most treasured authors Just how heavily was Steinbeck involved in CIA operations What did he know And how much did he sacrifice for his country Steinbeck Citizen Spy brings us one step closer to the truth This text includes a note in the introduction from Thomas Steinbeck