International Affairs

"The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames"

Kai Bird

About the Program

Kai Bird talks about the life and career of CIA operative Robert Ames.  Bird argues that Ames, who worked for the CIA's Middle East Directorate of Operations before his death, was one of the most important and successful CIA operatives in the history of the organization.  Robert Ames was killed in the suicide bombing of the U.S. embassy in Beirut in 1983.  This event was held at the National Spy Museum in Washington, DC.       

About the Authors

Kai Bird

Kai Bird's books include "The Chairman: John J. McCloy and the Making of the American Establishment" and "The Color of Truth: McGeorge Bundy and William Bundy: Brothers in Arms."  His 2005 biography of Robert Oppenheimer, "American Prometheus," co-authored with Martin Sherwin, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.  For more information, visit: kaibird.com.   


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"The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames"

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  • Sunday, July 13th at 10pm (ET)
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