Author Benjamin Cunningham on “The Liar”

Welcome Benjamin Cunningham:

We’re joined on the Starline by a journalist, writer and PhD candidate. He has reported from more than 40 countries and his book “The Liar: How a Double Agent in the CIA Became the Last Honest Man of the Cold War” is now out. We welcome author Benjamin Cunningham.

Benjamin, let’s go Beyond the Mic. Spies are all around the world, doing their bidding for their governments and in some cases companies. Why was Karel the last honest man of the cold war?

In your book you describe hedonism, incompetency and the complex nature of the spy business. In your research, what shocked you the most?

You’ve read newly declassified documents and even talked to the Koechers. What question are you still wondering about today which you haven’t discovered the right answer?

The Rockin’ 8:

It’s time for the Rockin’ 8, 8 random questions; answer with the first thing that comes to your mind. There is no Pressure.

1. Favorite place in the world to cover?

2. Best moment from your time in Kosovo?

3. Do you remember your time in your last marathon?

4. Last time you went to a bullfight?

5. Did you win your last Muay Thai fight?

6. Last spy novel you read?

7. Best actor to play James Bond in your opinion?

8. What is the next topic you want to cover if it isn’t another spy novel?

One Big Question:

Writing about any subject usually means you have passion for it.  Are you or have you ever been approached to be a spy?  

Truth is not singular anymore. You talk in the book about objective truth. How did you find the truth when there is Black, White and Gray all over?

The Wrap:

He thinks Connery is the best Bond, lost his last Muay Thai fight and we THINK he is not a spy. The book is “The Liar: How a Double Agent in the CIA Became the Last Honest Man of the Cold War”. We thank author Benjamin Cunningham for taking the time to talk with us today.

And that my friends is a Beyond the Mic Short Cut.

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