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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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
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