Christopher Hull, PhD, is Senior Lecturer in Spanish & Latin American Studies at the University of Chester. His research focuses on British interactions with Latin America. He first visited Cuba in 1997 and has traveled extensively around the island during seventeen further visits, often in the footsteps of Graham Greene. He lives in England.
`Spying is eternal,' opines George Smiley in one of John Le Carre's thrillers. Fiction or not, he is right. While technical intelligence in today's digital world floods agencies with too much intelligence, the need for `humint'-spies-remains as strong as ever. In the dirty, corrupt world of exploiting other human beings: traitors; idealists; or just plain greedy; reality offers a darker picture. Christopher Hull's Our Man Down in Havana dissects Graham Greene's classic satire on spies with forensic skill, exposing the rotten heart of the CIA's `wilderness of mirrors.' An excellent book for intelligence professionals and the general reader alike. Read it and ponder-sometimes fact is stranger than fiction. -- Colonel John Hughes-Wilson, author of 'A Brief History of the Cold War' and 'The Secret State'