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Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy
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Nicholas Reynolds has worked in the fields of modern military history and intelligence off and on for forty years, with some unusual detours. Freshly minted PhD from Oxford University in hand, he joined the United States Marine Corps in the 1970s, serving as an infantry officer and then as a historian. As a colonel in the reserves, he eventually became officer in charge of field history, deploying historians around the world to capture history as it was being made. When not on duty with the USMC, he served as a CIA officer at home and abroad, immersing himself in the very human business of espionage. Most recently, he was the historian for the CIA Museum, responsible for developing its strategic plan and helping to turn remarkable artifacts into compelling stories. He currently teaches as an adjunct professor for Johns Hopkins University and, with his wife, Becky, cares for rescue pugs.

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"Important.... Reynolds, a former curator at the CIA Museum, demonstrates that Hemingway was afraid the FBI might uncover a dirty little secret he had hidden for more than 20 years: In 1940 he had agreed to assist the NKVD, the Soviet Union's foreign intelligence agency." -- Wall Street Journal
"Captivating. ... An important addition to the canon of one of America's foremost writers. Reynolds's unique biography reads like an espionage thriller." -- The Missourian
"Nicholas Reynolds's fascinating new research in Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy shows that [Hemingway] was in fact working for both the Russians and the Americans." -- New York Review of Books
"Reynolds looks among the shadows and finds a Hemingway not seen before." -- London Review of Books
"An engrossing read for Hemingway buffs as well as casual readers, Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy adds more fascinating details to a life that remains continually fascinating." -- Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Renowned American novelist Ernest Hemingway led a shocking secret life as a Soviet spy, according to claims in a new book. The startling revelations are detailed in Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy by former CIA officer Nicholas Reynolds." -- Daily Mail (UK)
"The riveting, brand-new story of how America's greatest writer was shaped by his secret adventures as a spy for both U.S. intelligence and the Soviet NKVD: Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy is compelling, vivid, and essential reading for all Hemingway and espionage fans." -- William Doyle, author of PT 109: An American Epic of War, Survival, and the Destiny of John F. Kennedy
"A thorough, well researched, and highly readable account of Ernest Hemingway's engagement with espionage (American and Soviet), Communism, and military adventurism. ... In particular, Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy is the first book to put Hemingway's dalliance with the Soviet NKVD in the broader context of Hemingway's life." -- John Earl Haynes, coauthor of Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America
"[An] engrossing story of Hemingway's disillusionment with American politics, his sympathy with communism, and his attraction to adventure and subversion." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Drawing on his intelligence background, Reynolds uncovers a trove of documents that point to American novelist Ernest Hemingway's recruitment in 1940 by the NKVD. ... Reynolds ably researches Hemingway's World War II adventures. ... Intriguing. ... Recommended." -- Library Journal
"[A] thoroughly researched exploration of Hemingway's military adventurism." -- Publishers Weekly
"Nicholas Reynolds ably weaves Vassiliev's revelation, unavailable to previous biographers, into the tangled fabric of Hemingway's event-filled life. Hemingway's readers... will find it fascinating." -- Times Literary Supplement (London)
"Colorful, fast-paced. ... [Don't] miss an opportunity to read this fascinating story." -- The Journal of America's Military Past
"A must read for anyone who is a Hemingway fan." -- American Sailing Journal

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