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The Good Spy

Crown Publishing

Terrorist acts are often known by their numbers: the numbers of people who died in this bombing or that attack. 

People may remember that the bombing of the American embassy in Beirut in 1983 killed 63 people. 

What they may not know or recall is that Robert Ames was one of the 63. 

Ames was a key CIA employee, renowned for his effectiveness at forging relationships with key Arab figures.

The effectiveness died with him, but it is recalled and celebrated in Kai Bird's book The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames.

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.