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The Looking Glass War


The Looking Glass War is a 1965 spy novel by John le Carré. Written in response to the positive public reaction to his previous novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, the book explores the unglamorous nature of espionage and the danger of nostalgia. The book tells the story of an incompetent British intelligence agency known as The Department and its multiple botched attempts to verify a Communist defector's story of a Soviet missile buildup in East Germany.
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part of the series: George Smiley series
series ordinal: 4
original title: The Looking Glass War
language: English
date of publication: 1969
genre: espionage novel
main subject: Cold War
follows: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
followed by: A Small Town in Germany


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