The Secrets We Kept



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. Download The Secrets We Kept – therehabboutique.co.uk

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  • Kindle Edition
  • 368 pages
  • The Secrets We Kept
  • Lara Prescott
  • English
  • 16 April 2018

11 thoughts on “The Secrets We Kept

  1. 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 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 Paste...

  2. 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 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...

  3. 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. 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 ThisSometimes 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, a...

  5. 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 env 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 perfe...

  6. Kate Quinn says:

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

  7. 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 no 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 iscomplexIt 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 au...

  8. Jill says:

    There s no secret that the Secrets We Kept is going to be a big hit this fall It s one of those books that I imagine publishers dream about filled with true to life intrigue, touching upon little known history, and presenting real life and fictional characters that readers really care about.Like most people, I ve seen the movie Dr Zhivago multiple times and it has never failed to captivate me interestingly, I minored in Russian literature but never read the book Although I was aware that There s no secret that the Secrets We Kept is going to be a big hit this fall It s one of those books that I imagine publishers dream about filled with true to life intrigue, touching upon little known history, and presenting real life and fictional characters that readers really care about.Like most people, I ve seen the movie Dr Zhivago multiple times and it has never failed to captivate me interestingly, I minored in Russian literature but never read the book Although I was aware that the CIA has psych ops units designed to change hearts and minds, I had no idea that this beloved classic was jokingly referred to as a literary weapon of mass destruction Nor was I aware of the back story of its publication.This book alternates between the East and the West In the East the Soviet Union we meet famed author Boris Pasternak, his lover and muse Olga who was the inspiration for Lara , and his compulsion to write a masterpiece that would capture the ...

  9. Roman Clodia says:

    They had their satellites, but we had their books Back then, we believed books could be weapons that literature could change the course of history This is a fictionalised telling of a fascinating true story that pitched the CIA in a battle against the Soviet authorities over Pasternak s Dr Zhivago Sadly, as I d read some of the same sources as the author The Zhivago Affair The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle over a Forbidden Book, The Pasternak Affair , Anna Pasternak s Lara The UntolThey had their satellites, but we had their books Back then, we believed books could be weapons that literature could change the course of history This is a fictionalised telling of a fascinating true story that pitched the CIA in a battle against the Soviet authorities over Pasternak s Dr Zhivago Sadly, as I d read some of the same sources as the author The Zhivago Affair The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle over a Forbidden Book, The Pasternak Affair , Anna Pasternak s Lara The Untold Love Story and the Inspiration for Doctor Zhivago about Olga Ivinskaya there was little...

  10. Susan says:

    This is a well written, fictional account of the way a novel, Dr Zhivago, became a political bombshell used by the West as a propaganda tool The novel begins with the arrest of Boris Pasternak s pregnant mistress, his muse and the inspiration for Lara, Olga Ivinskaya As Pasternak, against threats and fears of retribution, continues work on what will become his masterpiece, the West are interested in rumours of this book.To my mind, the parts of the novel which worked best, were the scenes f This is a well written, fictional account of the way a novel, Dr Zhivago, became a political bombshell used by the West as a propaganda tool The novel begins with the arrest of Boris Pasternak s pregnant mistress, his muse and the inspiration for Lara, Olga Ivinskaya As Pasternak, against threats and fears of retribution, continues work on what will become his masterpiece, the West are interested in rumours of this book.To my mind, the parts of the novel which worked best, were the scenes featuring the typists, who worked for the CIA in the Soviet Russia Division in Washington Many were women who had worked as agents in WWII and had returned to America, to find that their roles have been diminished Others have completed university to find that a rather menial job as a typist,...

  11. switterbug (Betsey) says:

    I predict that Lara Prescott s debut novel will be a smash hit From the first sentence, at The Agency in D.C in the 1950s, with the clack of the typewriter keys, the typing pool women engage us The Agency goals are to spin subversive words into gold to spread democratic ideals That is where the role of Dr Zhivago comes in, a book banned in the Eastern Bloc for its critiques of the State Intellectuals, scholars, artists and writers and were used as propaganda tools to disseminate the ideo I predict that Lara Prescott s debut novel will be a smash hit From the first sentence, at The Agency in D.C in the 1950s, with the clack of the typewriter keys, the typing pool women engage us The Agency goals are to spin subversive words into gold to spread democratic ideals That is where the role of Dr Zhivago comes in, a book banned in the Eastern Bloc for its critiques of the State Intellectuals, scholars, artists and writers and were used as propaganda tools to disseminate the ideology of the West to places behind the Iron Curtain in the East Presc...

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