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Summary

Are our parents really who we think they are?

Drummer with The Police, Stewart Copeland, sets out to uncover the truth about his father, Miles Axe Copeland ll - musician, raconteur, international businessman... and, it turns out, secret CIA operative.

Going back to the 1940s to trace his father’s involvement in the birth of the CIA, Stewart enters a murky world of dictators and dirty tricks. He learns about his dad’s role in overthrowing governments, assassination plots, and befriending an infamous Soviet double agent.

Helped by his brother and sister, and those who knew his dad’s world of politics and espionage, Stewart investigates the impact his spy father had, both on their family and on the world.

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Had to give up

Really interesting subject matter spoilt by the manner of narration and delivery. Stuart Copeland talks very fast is rather excitable and is overly focused on himself. I really wished his sister had been the narrator. She was calm and measured and a lot easier to listen to.

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very interesting

narrated through the perspective of the two sons and daughter, as they grew up in the middle East, calling on family friends and looking back with a critical eye at the once seemingly innocent life events with new information on their father's involvement in the CIA

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Mediocre insight into US meddling

Written and compiled by an American it is unwittingly peppered with touches of irritating exceptionalism. Even in the final chapter taking stock of the spy's role in the ME, there is never a vague consideration that US presence was anything but completely necessary - despite the disaster that their foreign policy still brings about to this day.

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interesting family story and insight into ME

Well put together story that covered a lot of years and provided great insight into American influence in the middle east. Made good use of other sources to give other perspectives.

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Amazing

Absolutely fabulous, loved hearing more about what happened. I knew a bit it was fascinating.

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Skewed, but honest nonetheless.

A really engaging story from an unusual perspective. Decent, human and to some degree critical. Mr Copeland is a great tale teller, and if he fails to follow the logic to declaring his father a villain, who can blame him?

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Brilliant and highly educational!

I loved this. The conclusion is rather naive or blinkered. Nevertheless it was definitely worth the listen.

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A Good Listen

Well told story and true, very enjoyable. Nice it is told through family so you get all sides of the person.

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interesting insight

How well can you know a loved one that lives in the shadow of the espionage world. This is an inside view of what it's like to be a real 'spy kid's.

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Always good to learn more about this Maestro

I recently noticed how shy he is. You never hear the guy even laugh until maybe 2015, let alone cry, you really don’t. I have to listen to 4 hours of ‘My Dad The Spy’ on Audible. I already had an insight about how perhaps laughing or crying was forbidden due to his mother’s distress about daddy’s dangerous CIA occupation. Stewdaddy was like Spock, he would smile and crack jokes but never heard him laugh. I first heard him laugh in an interview he did somewhat recently. Maybe he feels he finally earned the right to laugh and cry again. I love him, period. So adorable he is now that he is more comfortable expressing his emotions and talking about feelings. I love watching him evolve into that handsome prince he always was, is, and always will be. Stewart, we love you to peaches....  

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