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A covert affair [sound recording] : Julia Child and Paul Child in the OSS
Conant, Jennet.
Adult Fiction D810.S8 C3863 2011b

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Julia Child's passion for French cuisine began when she and her husband, Paul, moved to Paris in 1948. The couple met in Ceylon in 1944 when both were in the Office of Strategic Services, precursor to the CIA, and they married two years later. To tell their story, Conant (The Irregulars) combed through numerous archives to fill in the deep backgrounds of their OSS friends. Opening with OSS origins and the 1943 OSS recruits, the narrative follows the WWII trajectory of Julia Child, who volunteered for a post at the OSS base in India. At Mountbatten's mountaintop headquarters, the team included Julia, Paul, and the flamboyant Jane Foster. With the end of WWII, Jane flew to Java to record the war crimes testimonies of American POWs, while Paul and Julia's romance heated up in China and France. The couple fell under suspicion when Jane was targeted with accusations of espionage, having "left a trail of Communist ties the FBI followed like breadcrumbs" (though Conant found no conclusive evidence that Jane was a Soviet spy). The bulk of this book is mostly about Jane, making the title somewhat misleading, but Conant's vivid tapestry of the 1940s skillfully interweaves interviews, oral histories, memoirs, and recently unclassified OSS and FBI documents with unpublished diaries and letters. The adventurous young OSS recruits spring to life throughout this meticulously researched, authoritative history. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Former journalist Conant (The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington) again forays into the World War II era, here following several Office of Strategic Services (OSS) recruits. Though it's a well-researched, entertaining, and fast-paced read, a substantial portion of the book follows, rather than Paul and Julia Child, the adventures of Jane Foster, a dilettante artist who served with them in the OSS and was later accused (but never convicted) of being a Communist spy. Foster, the daughter of a wealthy San Francisco family, was recruited into the OSS because she had lived in Asia. She came to be stationed in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) with Julia and Paul. The book follows Foster after the war, when she unwittingly worked for the Soviets, or so she claimed in her autobiography, An UnAmerican Lady (1982). VERDICT If readers are looking for an engaging account of Jane Foster, the socialite-turned-spy, and her OSS friends, then this is well worth reading. Those who are expecting to learn about Julia Child and her husband would be better served by Julia Child's memoir, My Life in France. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 11/15/10.]-Crystal Goldman, San Jose St. Univ. Lib., CA (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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