By John Le Carré
"Haven't you discovered that in simple terms appearances matter?"
The British Embassy in Bonn is up in hands. Her Majesty's financially govt is looking for admission to Europe's universal marketplace simply as anti-British factions are emerging to energy in Germany. Rioters are challenging reunification, and the very last thing the Crown can have enough money is a scandal. Then Leo Harting—an embassy nobody—goes lacking with a case packed with personal records. London sends Alan Turner to regulate the wear, yet he quickly realizes that neither facet rather wishes Leo found—alive.
Set opposed to the specter of a German-Soviet alliance, John le Carré's A Small Town in Germany is a wonderful chronicle of chilly struggle paranoia and political compromise.
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It kept me up-to-date with the old “fun-and-games” gang. After graduating from the Graduate School of Banking, University of Wisconsin, I transferred to a bank in Washington where in the course of business I met Ben Schemmer. He needed a loan that would enable him to acquire the old Armed Forces Journal. During that business process I met two of Ben’s friends, Bob Myers and Charlie Peters. We spent many most enjoyable business luncheons together. This is where “The Secret Team” emerged from a pattern of ideas to a manuscript.
Because of this twist of fate we have two very important books by Col. Prouty—The Secret Team (1973) and JFK: The CIA, Vietnam, and the Plot to Assassinate John F. Kennedy (1992). What Col. Prouty offers here is an education. It is an opportunity for the reader to understand the political situation without the intervention of spin doctors or media omission and deception. Because the situation has not improved since Prouty’s nine years in the Pentagon, his assessment is even more relevant today.
But who is the real client? The Department of Defense? Or is it the strong arm representing the financial and political interests of Corporate America? Consider 9/11 as an example. Was anyone blamed for the lack of response? Was anyone fired? Did the commission follow the money? No. When we learn of the activities of individuals like G. Gordon Liddy, Col. Oliver North, Karl Rove, and others, or we read of the actions of private mercenary companies like Blackwater, or the private and public agencies who conduct “extraordinary renditions,” and other seemingly endless mystifying revelations of public deception that drag on across the decades, it strongly suggests that there is another team running things.