Philadelphia’s spymaster

Jack Devine is better than James Bond. Maybe not in terms of whom one would rather be, but in terms of whom one would rather read about. And though “Good Hunting: An American Spymaster’s Story” deals in settings worthy of the world’s most famous spy — Afghanistan, Salvador Allende’s Chile and a junta-run Haiti, to name a few — it never removes its fingers from the human pulse behind the stories of clandestine affairs. From this approach grows an account of an unbelievable life that feels believable, one that reads without a hint of self-aggrandizement or ulterior PR motives. To drive home the story as all the more real, this American spymaster is from Philadelphia. 


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Since its creation in 1917, the Pulitzer Prize has been bestowed on the greatest achievements in journalism, literature and music. From old to new, the works selected most likely will stand the test …