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&Download ✕ 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.


10 thoughts on “The Secrets We Kept

  1. Dorie - Traveling Sister :) Dorie - Traveling Sister :) says:

    NOW AVAILABLE 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 renowned writer in Russia, short stories and poetry, and was well loved by the Russian government and the general population, that is until Russia became the USSR under Lenin and then Stalin Boris saw many of his fellow artists, writers, musicians, painters, being taken away to labor camps or met with an even worse fate Stalin tolerated Boris and ...


  2. Maureen Maureen says:

    Lara Prescott weaves a fascinating tale of espionage during the Cold War using Boris Pasternak s book Dr Zhivago as the basis for her debut thriller Dr Zhivago is a book that was banned in Pasternak s homeland the Soviet Union People are willing to die for this book, but on the other side of the coin there are agents prepared to kill for it too Set both in the East and the West, our two main protagonists Sally Forrester and Irina Drozdov work in the CIA typing pool, a very male dominated environment of former OSS operatives, and indeed the typists were OSS operatives too, all heroines in their own right However, our two protagonists are not merely typists, they re also spies A smuggled copy of Pasternak s novel finds it s way to the West, and the CIA use this to their political advantage by sending reprints back to Russia, to manipulate public opinion, and turn the Cold War in their favour.The author has captured the Cold War era in the West perfectly by means of the ...


  3. Chaima ✨ شيماء 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


  4. Tammy 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 much soul searching Exciting doesn t begin to describe this meticulously researched and dramatic journey I am astonished that a book this remarkable is a debut Without a doubt it will be a best selling blockbuster Prescott has quite a career ahead of her.


  5. Cheri 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 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 were also just women, after all, and were reduced to typing with the rest of the typing pool Still, one or two of these women seem to work their way into proving their worth to the agency, outside of typing, and soon they are tested to see how well they can keep secrets, and follow instructions, and they end ...


  6. JanB JanB says:

    DNF d at 38%I was expecting a suspenseful spy novel, but what I got was thinly disguised romance chick lit It s all too common with historical fiction in recent years, and why I struggle with the genre The love affair between Pasternak and Olga left me cold, the alternating narratives in the West chapters were confusing, the secretarial pool characters lacked depth, and the writing style was simplistic Frankly, I was bored silly.


  7. Kate Quinn Kate Quinn says:

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


  8. Michelle Michelle says:

    Picture Mad Men set in the early days of the CIA with an equal dose of historical fiction at the sunset of Stalin s reign over the Soviet Union I found both sections highly engaging and couldn t flip the pages fast enough I was a little unsure if I would like this book given that so much of it was focused on Dr Zhivago which I haven t read yet, but it s been on my shelf since my Russian History college days so now I will definitely read it soon , so I didn t know if a lot of it would go over my head since I wasn t familiar with the plot of that book If you share the same concern there is nothing to worry about I think my not having read it almost helped me because a lot of characters in the book readily admit not having read the book either until years and years after the operation I m going to stick with my 4 star rating, but I was slightly disappointed in the ending Things just kind of peter out, BUT and that s a big one I m not sure that assessment is totally fair ...


  9. Marialyce Marialyce says:

    Well I made it up to the 62% point until I flung this book into the dnf pile I am pretty annoyed that what I thought I was reading, a spy drama concerning the bringing of the book Dr Zhivago to the west and publishing it as a cautionary tale against a totalitarian regime, became nothing but a chick lit story.What is happening to the historical fiction genre when fictional characters are so included that they ruin a wonderful premise and make it into something that is barely historical and majorly fiction The inclusion of a current trend into each and every story line, tends to make the book become ordinary and sometimes makes me think an author must check off PC boxes in order for their story to be told So no recommendation on this one from me Jan and I read it together and she was smart and bailed out before me.


  10. Mark Mark says:

    Much has been said about this book, it has been hyped not a great word but its as it is and spoken about as THE book of the year and various other platitudesThe book is all about trying to keep this as simple as can Doctor Zhivago, the author of it, his lover, how the book was banned and how America managed to get the book published and into Russia all based on fact intermingled with fiction re the spies of the 1950 s, the typists of the American Govt, who saw all and said nothing and a forbidden love affair between a typist and a spyThat is the easiest way to explain it, the reality of the book is complexIt was fascinating to read the typists take on working for the spies and I enjoyed that part of the book the most, the flowery romanticism of the author and his lover left me cold at times if I m honest and the story of forbidden love although poignant was over before it really began and no one really enjoys chapters of a forsaken lover nattering on about lost love,...