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The Strength of the Pack: The Personalities, Politics and Espionage Intrigues that Shaped the DEA

"Douglas Valentine, author of The Phoenix Program and The Strength of the Wolf, has published a third volume - The Strength of the Pack - in what might be called a "Ring" cycle to elaborate the language of America's elite in its wars for the "Rhine gold", aka "national security". Using the methods of a therapist and chronicler, Valentine begins his books with the apparently naive and inquisitive eyes and ears of a youth asking his elders "what they did in the war?" He retains a respectful tone throughout what are essentially interviews and intervenes only to provide needed background for the reader or to occasionally compare the stories of various performers in the same scene. The author only appears when it is necessary to clarify something either he or the reader is unlikely to understand or where confusion arises."


Thomas Wilkinson