The Social Agent by Charles Laurence
A True Intrigue of Sex, Lies, and Heartbreak Behind the Iron Curtain

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Prague in the 1950s was a city of fear and spies and sooty fogs, Charles Laurence writes in the opening lines of The Social Agent. As the son of the No. 2 man at the British embassy in Prague, Mr. Laurence observed with wide eyes a great deal during the years his family lived there. And he had to guess at a good deal more. Written long after these troubling years, The Social Agent is at once a meticulous dissection of fact and memory and a lyrical evocation of a now vanished world. As Mr. Laurence bravely recalls the bitterness and heartbreak of his family's glittering though tragic years behind the Iron Curtain, his story turns into a most intriguing tale of espionage. At the center of the story is a man whose magnetism, sensuality, and romance were legendary in postwar Europe: Jiri Mucha, son of the famed artist Alphonse Mucha and a man for whom everything was possible, including deceit, surveillance, and manipulation in his role as a social agent.

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Born in London and educated in England, Charles Laurence is a former foreign correspondent for the London Telegraph who covered conflicts ranging from the Falklands War to the Middle East, India, and Afghanistan before heading the paper's New York bureau. Now an American citizen, he continues to write for British media and lives in Woodstock, New York.
Published March 16, 2010 by Charles Laurence. 245 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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The “social agent” of the title, and fulcrum of the story, was an attractive man the family met in Prague—Jirí Mucha, who had escaped the German invasion of Czechoslovakia during the war, aided the British, spent time in prison after the Soviets took Czechoslovakia and, according to files the aut...

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