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Double Crossed: The Missionaries Who Spied for the United States During the Second World War
September 26, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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What makes a good missionary makes a good spy. Or so thought “Wild” Bill Donovan when he launched a secret new program under the Office of Strategic Services. His recruits, in turn, believed an American victory would help them protect their foreign ministries and expand the kingdom of God.
In Double Crossed, historian Matthew Avery Sutton tells the extraordinary story of the entwined roles of spycraft and faith in World War II. Sutton shows how missionaries, though acutely aware of the conflict between their faith and their role as secret agents, nonetheless played an outsize part in the war, carrying out bombings and assassinations. After securing victory, those who survived helped establish the CIA, ensuring that religion continued to influence American foreign policy.
Gripping and authoritative, Double Crossed is a remarkable account of the spiritual stakes of World War II.
Cosponsored with the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth.
Matthew Avery Sutton is a Distinguished Professor and Graduate Studies Director at Washington State University.