The Secrets We Kept

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  • The Secrets We Kept
  • Lara Prescott
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  • 17 February 2018

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The Secrets We Kept A thrilling tale of secretaries turned spies, of love and duty, and of sacrifice inspired by the true story of the CIA plot to infiltrate the hearts and minds of Soviet Russia, not with propaganda, but with the greatest love story of the twentieth century Doctor Zhivago.At the height of the Cold War, two secretaries are pulled out of the typing pool at the CIA and given the assignment of a lifetime Their mission to smuggle Doctor Zhivago out of the USSR, where no one dare publish it, and help Pasternak s magnum opus make its way into print around the world Glamorous and sophisticated Sally Forrester is a seasoned spy who has honed her gift for deceit all over the world using her magnetism and charm to pry secrets out of powerful men Irina is a complete novice, and under Sally s tutelage quickly learns how to blend in, make drops, and invisibly ferry classified documents The Secrets We Kept combines a legendary literary love story the decades long affair between Pasternak and his mistress and muse, Olga Ivinskaya, who was sent to the Gulag and inspired Zhivago s heroine, Lara with a narrative about two women empowered to lead lives of extraordinary intrigue and risk From Pasternak s country estate outside Moscow to the brutalities of the Gulag, from Washington, D.C to Paris and Milan,The Secrets We Kept captures a watershed moment in the history of literature told with soaring emotional intensity and captivating historical detail And at the center of this unforgettable debut is the powerful belief that a piece of art can change the world. Free Read [ The Secrets We Kept ] Author [ Lara Prescott ] – passionbusiness.co.uk

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11 thoughts on “The Secrets We Kept

  1. Tammy says:

    Taking place during the pinnacle of the Cold War, accomplished and well educated women were relegated to the typing pool at the CIA by the old boy network while their male counterparts began careers Two unique women whom excel at keeping secrets become spies tasked with obtaining the manuscript of Dr Zhivago for publication in the west since the Soviet State finds the content offensive and will not publish Moving between the east and the west there are two love stories, dangerous missions and Taking place during the pinnacle of the Cold War, accomplished and well educated women were relegated to the typing pool at the CIA by the old boy network while their male counterparts began careers Two unique women whom excel at keeping secrets become spies tasked with obtaining the manuscript of Dr Zhivago for publication in the west since the Soviet State finds the content offensive and will not publish Moving between th...

  2. Dorie - Traveling Sister :) says:

    I am going to change my rating on this book to a 3.5 rounded up to a 4 star book I love books about spies, particularly women spies so I had really high expectations for this book I had some problems with the flow, back and forth between what was happening with the author of Dr Zhivago, Boris Pasternak, in the East and what was going on in the West, centering on the CIA and how it planned to use the book as a weapon against the Soviets All in all I enjoyed this book, it just took me a whil I am going to change my rating on this book to a 3.5 rounded up to a 4 star book I love books about spies, particularly women spies so I had really high expectations for this book I had some problems with the flow, back and forth between what was happening with the author of Dr Zhivago, Boris Pasternak, in the East and what was going on in the West, centering on the CIA and how it planned to use the book as a weapon against the Soviets All in all I enjoyed this book, it just took me a while to get through it The novel starts during the time of the Cold War, four years after the end of WWII Boris Pasternak was a renow...

  3. Cheri says:

    Sometimes they d refer to us not by name but by hair color or body type Blondie, Red, Tits We had our secret names for them, too Grabber, Coffee Breath, Teeth They would call us girls, but we were not We came to the Agency by way of Radcliffe, Vassar, Smith We were the first daughters of our families to earn degrees Some of us spoke Mandarin Some could fly plans Some of us could handle a Colt 1873 better than John Wayne But all we were asked when interviewed was Can you type ThisSometimes they d refer to us not by name but by hair color or body type Blondie, Red, Tits We had our secret names for them, too Grabber, Coffee Breath, Teeth They would call us girls, but we were not We came to the Agency by way of Radcliffe, Vassar, Smith We were the first daughters of our families to earn degrees Some of us spoke Mandarin Some could fly plans Some of us could handle a Colt 1873 better than John Wayne But all we were asked when interviewed was Can you type This begins four years after the end of World War II, and among these women were leftovers from the OSS, women who had been legends for their heroic and dangerous work during the war w...

  4. Chaima ✨ شيماء says:

    the amount of books I want to read disproportionately outweighs the available space I have for books AND the amount of money I have in my bank account

  5. Kate Quinn says:

    Got a chance to read this one for a cover quote, and I will definitely be offering one It s terrific

  6. Roman Clodia says:

    They had their satellites, but we had their books Back then, we believed books could be weapons that literature could change the course of history This is a fictionalised telling of a fascinating true story that pitched the CIA in a battle against the Soviet authorities over Pasternak s Dr Zhivago Sadly, as I d read some of the same sources as the author The Zhivago Affair The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle over a Forbidden Book, The Pasternak Affair , Anna Pasternak s Lara The UntolThey had their satellites, but we had their books Back then, we believed books could be weapons that literature could change the course of history This is a fictionalised telling of a fascinating true story that pitched the CIA in a battle against the Soviet authorities over Pasternak s Dr Zhivago Sadly, as I d read some of the same sources as the author The Zhivago Affair The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle over a Forbidden Book, The Pasternak Affair , Anna Pasternak s Lara The Untold Love Story and the Inspiration for Doctor Zhivago about Olga Ivinskaya there was little new here and the fiction is inevitably less detailed, precise and specific than the original sources What Prescott adds is a picture of the women who worked for the CIA in its early post war days they re mostly in the typing pool and speak with a co...

  7. Jill says:

    There s no secret that the Secrets We Kept is going to be a big hit this fall It s one of those books that I imagine publishers dream about filled with true to life intrigue, touching upon little known history, and presenting real life and fictional characters that readers really care about.Like most people, I ve seen the movie Dr Zhivago multiple times and it has never failed to captivate me interestingly, I minored in Russian literature but never read the book Although I was aware that There s no secret that the Secrets We Kept is going to be a big hit this fall It s one of those books that I imagine publishers dream about filled with true to life intrigue, touching upon little known history, and presenting real life and fictional characters that readers really care about.Like most people, I ve seen the movie Dr Zhivago multiple times and it has never failed to captivate me interestingly, I minored in Russian literature but never read the book Although I was aware that the CIA has psych ops units designed to change hearts and minds, I had no idea that this beloved classic was jokingly referred to as a literary weapon of mass destruction Nor was I aware of the back story of its publ...

  8. switterbug (Betsey) says:

    I predict that Lara Prescott s debut novel will be a smash hit From the first sentence, at The Agency in D.C in the 1950s, with the clack of the typewriter keys, the typing pool women engage us The Agency goals are to spin subversive words into gold to spread democratic ideals That is where the role of Dr Zhivago comes in, a book banned in the Eastern Bloc for its critiques of the State Intellectuals, scholars, artists and writers and were used as propaganda tools to disseminate the ideo I predict that Lara Prescott s debut novel will be a smash hit From the first sentence, at The Agency in D.C in the 1950s, with the clack of the typewriter keys, the typing pool women engage us The Agency goals are to spin subversive words into gold to spread democratic ideals That is where the role of Dr Zhivago comes in, a book banned in the Eastern Bloc for its critiques of the State Intellectuals, scholars, artists and writers and were used as propaganda tools to disseminate the ideology of the West to places behind the Iron Curtain in the East P...

  9. Maxine (Booklover Catlady) says:

    This is a beautifully written novel unlike anything I ve read for a long while I m so glad I decided to try this as it s not my usual type of read.Female spies The Cold War Communism Secrets Double Agents Forbidden Books Forbidden Love Brilliantly put together, despite being fiction, a lot of this is based on fact of how the book Doctor Zhivago made it to being published when the Soviet Union had such issues with it that lives were at risk This is the time that the country controlled it This is a beautifully written novel unlike anything I ve read for a long while I m so glad I decided to try this as it s not my usual type of read.Female spies The Cold War Communism Secrets Double Agents Forbidden Books Forbidden Love Brilliantly put together, despite being fiction, a lot of this is based on fact of how the book Doctor Zhivago made it to being published when the Soviet Union had such issues with it that lives were at risk This is the time that the country controlled its people, their minds and what freedom they had.Some fantastic characters interweave in this incredible story I fell in love with all of them Lived vicariously as a female American spy on the Russians, the l...

  10. Mary McBride says:

    This novel took place during the Cold War and the release of the iconic novel Dr Zhivago Based on the true story of the author poet Boris Pasternak and how the CIA was involved in creating unrest in the Soviet Union Makes me want to read Dr Zhivago

  11. Alyson says:

    I didn t know anything about Boris Pasternak, so this was a great historical fiction pick for me My favorite sections were those about the amazing women of the typing pool