Tag: Cold War

With a Strange Device

With a Strange Device

by Eric Frank Russell (Dobson, 1964)

Russell_With a Strange Device

Where Russell was renowned for humorous SF, this novel seems more in keeping with Cold War espionage stories (or within Russell’s spectrum, his early Fortean noir outings Sinister Barrier and Dreadful Sanctuary), and maintains its intrigue even upon second or third reading.

 

 

The Game

The Game

created by Toby Whithouse (BBC, 2014)

Whithouse_The Game

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by John Mulholland (Unpublished, 1953)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)

Mulholland_CIA Manual

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 they were written at all.

 

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

Bobby Fischer Against the World

dir. Liz Garbus (2011)

Garbus_Bobby Fischer Against the World

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.