By Len Deighton
The vintage mystery of a deadly computing device age and a maniac's deepest chilly war…
General Midwinter loves his nation, and hates communism. In a bid to destabilize the Soviet energy bloc he's working his personal intelligence organisation, whose “brain” is the world's largest supercomputer.
With his prior coming again to hang-out him, the unnamed agent of The Ipcress File is shipped to Finland to penetrate Midwinter's secret agent cellphone. yet then a dangerous virus is stolen, and our hero needs to cease it from falling into the fingers of either the Russians and the billionaire madman.
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The results of the FBI's investigation proved unexpectedly meager and unconvincing. " The prosecutor's statement, apparently proving that the suspicions of the liberal press had been correct all along, has been accepted by most historians as the final verdict on the Amerasia affair. Philip Jaffe, in this view, was merely a somewhat eccentric left-wing publisher with a penchant for collecting and squirreling away official papers in his personal Page 8 library. " 10 A few conservatives and anti-Communist zealots refused to accept this explanation.
Each new mediator was invariably enveloped in a cocoon of flattery during his brief stay in the wartime capital, while the Chiangs went as far as they dared in communicating their distrust of Gauss and his staff. Among the first to get a taste of the Chiangs' hospitality was Roosevelt's economic troubleshooter, the Scottish-born Keynesian economist Lauchlin Currie. A former lecturer at Harvard University and professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Currie first came to China in the summer of 1941 to set up a program billed as the Chinese version of Lend-Lease.
However, he did raise the possibility that, given China's underdeveloped economy, the party might be content with a gradual transition to a socialist economy: "Their Communism, therefore, does not mean the immediate overthrow of private capitalbecause there is still almost no capitalism in China. It does not mean the dictatorship of the Page 20 proletariatbecause there is as yet no proletariat. " 11 Subsequent developments in Chinese history would demonstrate how little respect the Communists had for the "primitive individualistic" desires of the peasantry.
Billion-Dollar Brain (Secret Files) by Len Deighton