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A Young Woman on the Front Lines of the Cold War

Friday, December 17, 2010

Shirley Perry was recruited to join the CIA in 1951, a time when applications were handed out "under the counter" at the university job office, and when the CIA lived in rodent-infested temporary buildings on the National Mall. What was it like to be a young woman in the Agency at that time, and to be sent to Vienna-the front line of the Cold War-to support intelligence operations? Shirley Perry, former CIA case officer, reminisces with Peter about those early days and talks about her new memoir, After Many Years.

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