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Nicholas Reynolds in conversation with Dan Fesperman: Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway's Secret Adventures, 1935-1961

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While he was the historian at the CIA Museum, Nicholas Reynolds, a longtime CIA officer, former Marine colonel, and Oxford-trained historian, began to discover tantalizing clues that suggested Ernest Hemingway's involvement in World War II-era intelligence work was much more complex and fraught with risks than has been previously understood. In a deeply researched and fascinating narrative Reynolds brings to light for the first time the whole story of this secret side of Hemingway's life, and reveals how his adventures affected his approach to literature and contributed to the writer's block and mental decline (including paranoia) that plagued him during the post war years.


Nicholas Reynolds has worked in the fields of modern military history and intelligence off and on for 40 years, with some unusual detours. He joined the Marine Corps in the 1970s, serving as an infantry officer and then as an 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 USMC, he served as a CIA officer, most recently as the historian for the CIA Museum.  He has also tried his hand at farming, writing a novel, and mountain climbing. One of his proudest moments was making it to the glaciated peak of Mt Baker at the age of 64.  He currently teaches as an adjunct professor for Johns Hopkins University and, with his wife, Becky, cares for rescue pugs.

Dan Fesperman’s travels as a journalist and award-winning novelist have taken him to thirty countries and three war zones. Whilst working as a journalist for The Baltimore Sun, Dan was dispatched in 1991 to cover the Gulf War from Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, and later, in 2001, to cover events in Pakistan and Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11. He lives in Baltimore with his family.






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Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 7:00pm


The Ivy Bookshop
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Baltimore, MD 21209

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