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Title:
Operation Chaos
Written by:
Matthew Sweet 
Read by:
Steve West 
Format:
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
11 
Duration:
12 hours 56 minutes 
Published:
August 28 2018 
Available Date:
August 28 2018 
Age Category:
Adult 
ISBN:
9781529003017 
Genres:
Non-fiction; 20th Century; American; Asian; Vietnam War 
Publisher:
Bolinda/Macmillan audio 
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One of the great untold tales of the Cold War, where the facts are wilder than any work of fiction.

From a political cult to the heart of the Washington establishment – the bizarre and untold story of how the CIA tried to infiltrate a radical group of US military deserters during the Cold War. Stockholm, 1968. A thousand American deserters and draft resisters are arriving to escape the war in Vietnam. They're young, they're radical and they want to start a revolution. The Swedes treat them like pop stars, but the CIA is determined to stop all that. It's a job for the deep-cover men of Operation Chaos and their allies' agents who know how to infiltrate organisations and destroy them from inside. Within months, the GIs have turned their fire on one another, and the group dissolves into interrogations and recriminations. When Matthew Sweet began investigating this story, he thought the madness was over. He was wrong. Instead, he became the confidant of an eccentric and traumatised group of survivors, each with his own intricate theory about the traitors in their midst. All Sweet has to do is discover the truth ... and stay sane. Reminiscent of Jon Ronson's The Men Who Stare at Goats and as compelling as Ben McIntyre's Agent Zigzag, Operation Chaos, Michael Sweet's fascinating journey of discovery, sheds new light on one of the great untold tales of the Cold War, where the facts are wilder than any work of fiction.

'Very well-informed and effortlessly funny.'
The Independent

‘A remarkable story of subterfuge and brainwashing that few Hollywood scriptwriters could have made up. Sweet tells the story with scholarship and verve.’
Simon Heffer

'Sweet evocatively sketches his quest to uncover these resisters’ lives [and] uncloaks a relatively little-known aspect of the Vietnam War–era counterculture.'
Publishers Weekly