Tag: Cold War

The Game

The Game created by Toby Whithouse (BBC, 2014) A cleverly twisted, cagily acted, utterly engrossing but ultimately nonsensical Cold War spy drama in which a special team within MI5 work to unravel Russian misdirection and foil a game-changing espionage plot that they only become aware of due to said misdirection.    

The Official C.I.A. Manual of Trickery and Deception

The Official C.I.A. Manual of Trickery and Deception by John Mulholland (Unpublished, 1953) ed. H. Keith Melton and Robert Wallace (Hardie Grant, 2010) Although the editors try to spruik the significance of two instructional manuals commissioned from magician John Mulholland by the CIA during the Cold War, closer inspection reveals the most interesting facet of these works to be that…

42 Word Review: Bobby Fischer Against the World dir. Liz Garbus

Bobby Fischer Against the World dir. Liz Garbus (2011) Replete with archival footage, this layman’s documentary cogently examines and contextualises both American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer’s 1972 (cold war) world championship match against Boris Spassky, and Fischer’s unstable genius, which drove him firstly to success, then to reclusiveness and abject derangement.