My latest book to review was a book about Cynthia Helms the wife of late director of intelligence Richard Helms. Although a lot of the book was about Mrs. Helms life with her husband the head of CIA it was also about her early life as young woman in WWII Britain and her role in the war effort. This book was an amazing looking into the "Greatest Generation" and an amazing first hand account of the Cold War. As a history teacher I loved the look into cold war and the players within the United States government. Not often do we hear the side of the story from such an intimate first hand account to these events. Now I will say this, if I wasn't a history geek I think it may have been hard to follow some of this biography in the later chapters. The story at the end was a whose, who of Cold War Washington. If you are not well versed in who a lot of people were, the biography might have lost some of the overall appeal. Overall, this biography was a great read about one of the lesser known figures in our nation's (and Britain's) history. I am going to give this 3 out of 5 stars because of the last few chapters, but for history buffs it would be a 4 out of 5.
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