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My Dad the Spy

Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (42 ratings)

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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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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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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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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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Diplomatic duplicity.or charming narcissm?

An unexpected family history of a former pop star, based in and around the Middle East in the postwar period, 1950s and 60s. Slightly annoying overlay of music by The Police but I suppose, it keeps it familiar. The occasional interjections of other family members makes it very engaging. But how much of it is based upon the imaginative embroidering of a narcissistic character? Nonetheless, very entertaining and interesting.