The Outsider

The Outsider

My Life in Intrigue

Large Print - 2015 | Large print edition
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For more than forty years, Frederick Forsyth has been writing extraordinary real-world novels of intrigue, from "The Day of the Jackal" on. But what most people don't know is that some of his greatest stories of intrigue have been in his own life. He was the RAF's youngest pilot at the age of 19, barely escaped the wrath of an arms dealer in Hamburg, got strafed by a MiG during the Nigerian Civil War, landed during a bloody coup in Guinea-Bissau (and was accused of helping fund a 1973 coup in Equatorial Guinea). The Stasi arrested him, the Israelis feted him, the IRA threatened him, and a certain attractive Czech secret police agent - well, her actions were a bit more intimate. And that's just for starters.
Publisher: Waterville, ME : Thorndike Press, ©2015
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781410481870
Branch Call Number: 823.914 FOR 2015
Characteristics: 499 pages (large print)
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Jul 12, 2019

This autobiography clearly shows why and how “Freddie” Forsyth became a successful author. From the intrepid and enthusiastic determination to get the story in his youth to his unswerving dedication to do the right thing as he matured, Forsyth’s exploits are indeed intriguing. His sense of humor, sense of self and situational awareness make the book a thoroughly enjoyable read. His success is well deserved.

Jun 09, 2018

The writer's craft shines in his memoir, told mostly in brief vignettes of a life in journalism. From Reuters to the BBC to a freelance reporter, Forsyth traveled the cold war landscapes of Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, meeting an astonishing cast of characters from David Ben-Gurion to "Pik" Botha.

Dec 18, 2015

The first half of this memoir was especially interesting (for me). It describes his father’s experiences in Malaya (pre independence from Britain) and Singapore, followed by his own adventures in France, Germany (including communist East Berlin), Africa and Hong Kong. This book would be of interest to anyone familiar with the places he visited. It also provides some insight into the workings of the British Secret Service in the 1960s and 1970s.

Nov 13, 2015

Not as good as his fiction. Lacks personal details that make autobiography interesting.

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