From wartime England to Nixon's America and beyond, Cynthia Helms was witness to some of the seminal events of our time-Vietnam, Watergate, and especially the demoralization of the CIA in the 1970s for political purposes. Opening with her feminist "epiphany" in 1968 (the annus horribilus as she describes it) that led her to end her first marriage of 24 years, this memoir reveals a world where appearances always had to be questioned, where rumors and gossip carried the weight of intrigue.
Cynthia Ratcliff Helms is the widow of Richard M. Helms, the director of intelligence for the United States. They were married for 34 years. She grew up on a farm in Maldon, England and served as one of the original Boat Crew Wrens during World War II. She came to the United States after the war with her first husband, a physician. Throughout her life, she has been involved in many civic and charitable causes. She was a founder of Concern Inc., a ground breaking environmental organization aimed at women, and served on the board of the World Resources Institute for 15 years. She serves as an Honorary Trustee of the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Museum and the Fund for the U.S. Botanical Gardens; and serves on the boards of the Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowships and the Iraq Women's Fellowship Foundation. She is the author of An Ambassador's Wife in Iran (1981 Dodd, Mead & Co.) and Favourite Stories from Persia (1982 Heinemann Education Books. Visit her website here. Chris Black is a writer and communications consultant. She was a political reporter for more than 30 years and worked at the Boston Globe and as a White House and Congressional Correspondent for Cable Network News (CNN).
Chapter 1: In Search of a Life of My Own Chapter 2: Maldon Chapter 3: World War II and the Boat Crew Wrens Chapter 4: Coming to America Chapter 5: Annus Horribilis Chapter 6: Mrs. Richard Helms Chapter 7: Two Oaths Chapter 8: Exploring the World Chapter 9: The Legal Case Chapter 10: Life Goes On Acknowledgments Index About the Authors