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After Many Days

My Life as a Spy and Other Grand Adventures

While at WashU, Shirley Perry, AB ’50, saw a cryptic message about a “government agency” that was looking for job applicants. Perry soon found out it was the CIA. Hired as an undercover “spook” during the height of the Cold War, Perry was stationed in Vienna, where she helped flip a Russian spy into a double agent. (While there, she also met her husband.) In After Many Days, Perry ­details her life as a spy as well as her later adventures, including being a feminist champion.

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