By Pete Earley

The writer of Family of Spies draws on interviews with KGB undercover agent Aldrich Ames and the brokers who stuck him to provide a radical account of the guy and the exceptional harm he did to the CIA. 80,000 first printing. $75,000 ad/promo.

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He always read to us a lot, and my most vivid recollection is him sitting in his living room chair in River Falls and me sitting on his lap or on the footstool, listening to him reading me Wizard of Oz stories. I could smell the smoke in his smoking jacket and there was a smoking stand with a zinc-lined humidor compartment next to the chairy and I remember how wonderfully safe it was having him hold me and read to me about Dorothy and Toto. My parents always seemed super-busy and happy. I dont remember any tense times.

Windley put a glass milk bottle, with a string and fishing weight hanging inside it, in the center of the table, and flipped off the lights. He said the spirits would answer the group's questions by moving the fishing weight so it would clink against the glass. One clink meant yes, two meant no. Seconds after Windley started chanting, everyone heard a clink. Windley announced that he was in contact with a notorious killer, which produced a lot of laugher when the teenagers began asking what it had been like for him to be executed in an electric chair.

Do you know how rare that is? " No one was surprised when John Souders and Wes Sanders were inducted into the National Honor Society because of their excellent grades. 34 PETE EARLEY But Rick didn't get asked to join, even though he was a National Merit Test semifinalist. His grades were mediocre because he didn't do his homework. "I'd procrastinate and I was lazy," Ames later admitt'ed. But the real reason for his poor marks was his attitude. "I have a character flaw that never got corrected. If someone says, 'Hey, you got to do this,' and I don't want to, I don't argue about it, I simply don't do it.

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