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My Dad the Spy

Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, True Crime
4 out of 5 stars (81 ratings)

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Publisher's 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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unquestioning respect for a parent and country...

a tale of unquestioning respect for a man who was not able to see the harm his actions and country caused

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A surprisingly good listen

Stewart Copeland and his other family members create an endearing if sometimes quirky portrait of their father the CIA agent. Whether what he achieved was meaningful or rash will depend on your perspective but one must judge this from the era in which he lived. What was surprising was the important historical content the authors address and the remarkable number of social contacts their father had with major characters of his time. Certainly a life worth living and a life of privilege and context for his achieving offspring. I do rather envy them.

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  • 20-08-2020

great story

really enjoyed, easy to listen to, and a curious look at the life and times of this family put in sick a unique situation

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Perhaps the author should have tried condensing the series into half of what it is

I found most of it pretty boring filled with lots of fluff and this a time waster. Author should have focused on quality rather than quantity

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Evocative and fascinating.

Narrated in his mellifluous and melodic tones, Stewart Copeland’s intelligent wit and dry humour takes us on a fascinating ride through his childhood in the Middle East and his family’s intrigue, his father - the spy.
I absolutely loved this. I also loved the music of The Police during my coming of age in the 1980’s, an added bonus to this fabulous podcast.
Well done, Stewart. Please please please make another podcast. On anything you want.
I’ll listen.
Cheers
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fascinating insight

great view into the family dynamic of a rock star and CIA operative. entertaining education.

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Superb listening, fascinating story. Narrated by Stewart Copeland, ex drummer of Police !

Easy to listen to, melodious voices.
Fascinating, informative story of CIA history, interference, manipulation in the Middle East.
And a fascinating, talented family reminiscing & chatting about their adventures & experiences growing up in the Middle East post Second World War.
A must read if you enjoy world politics.

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Great patches

I listened to this right through immediately as an admirer of The Police's percussion and enjoyer of spy stories. The anecdotes are amusing and diversions entertaining, but I suppose I hoped for some more anecdotes from the spy's life. It would have been awesome to hear more from the books mentioned, instead of the editorializing and pop philosophy. Entertaining overall, and a bit of a primer on modern Middle Eastern history into the bargain.

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  • 02-08-2020

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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  • 31-07-2020

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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  • 10-08-2020

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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  • 07-08-2020

Amazing

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

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  • Lisa Garrard
  • 07-08-2020

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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  • A. D. Bentley
  • 05-08-2020

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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  • 04-08-2020

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-08-2020

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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  • hellkatjen
  • 01-08-2020

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.

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  • Croker
  • 17-09-2020

How to change countries with a spy and story.

Very good listen, sometimes a little biased but ultimately a fantastic insite into espionage.