E. Howard Hunt Dies Weeks Before Release of His Revelatory Memoir

Jan 24, 2007, 00:00 ET from Wiley

    HOBOKEN, N.J., Jan. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Legendary CIA
 operative and prolific author E. Howard Hunt died yesterday in Florida at
 the age of 88, just weeks before the publication of his tell-all memoir
 American Spy: My Secret History in the CIA, Watergate & Beyond (Wiley,
 March 2, 2007, $25.95/Cloth, ISBN: 978-0-471-78982-6).
     Co-author Greg Aunapu said, "Howard was funny, acerbic, big hearted,
 compassionate, and deeply loyal to his friends and family. Working with
 this fascinating icon of the Cold War gave me a much greater respect and
 understanding for the fears our elders lived by, which still resonate in
 today's national and global politics. His passing will be a great loss to
 all of his friends and family."
     Kitt Allan, Vice President and Publisher of Hunt's book, said, "E.
 Howard Hunt played a pivotal and controversial role in our nation's
 history. His account of his life and work in American Spy is an important
 part of the historical record, and is crucial to ongoing discussions about
 and analysis of seminal events of the 20th century -- such as the
 assassination of JFK, and Watergate."
     His Editor, Stephen S. Power, said, "For decades Hunt served our
 country well, and that is how he should be remembered: as an honorable man
 whose patriotism was misused and whose sense of duty to his president was
 abused. It was a privilege to work with him."
     In American Spy, Hunt reveals details on many dramatic and historical
 events including how he orchestrated a successful 1954 coup in Guatemala as
 well as the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba, worked with the White House
 Special Investigations, masterminded the burglary of Daniel Ellsberg's
 psychiatrist's office in 1971, and, with G. Gordon Liddy, organized the
 break-in at the Democratic National Committee's Watergate headquarters in
 1972, for which he was ultimately convicted of burglary, conspiracy, and
 wiretapping and served 33 months in prison. American Spy addresses the
 conspiracy theories that pin Hunt to JFK's assassination and speaks openly
 about the rumors surrounding his first wife's death, as well as his unique
 perspective on the CIA, its influence on modern politics, and how the
 agency must now reshape itself to regain its edge and help win the war on
     There are few people whose pasts are as central and relevant to the
 past 50 years of our country's history as Hunt's -- and he leaves his story
 in American Spy. Excerpts of up to 1,000 words will be available to select
 media in advance of the March 2007 publication date. If you would like to
 interview Publisher Kitt Allan or co-author Greg Aunapu, request a review
 copy or galley, or ask additional questions, please contact me at:
 201/748-6339 or mkaye@wiley.com .
     About the Authors
     E. Howard Hunt (1918 - 2007) served as a covert operative for the CIA
 from 1950 until the 1970s, and participated in many of the agency's most
 secret missions both abroad and in the United States, as well as writing
 more than seventy spy novels.
     Greg Aunapu (Miami, FL) is a nationally respected journalist, who
 worked as a freelancer for Time and People magazine for ten years, and has
 reported for Life, Fortune, The New York Times, and many national news
 organizations. He is co-author of two previous books, most recently Without
 a Trace.
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