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Library Espionage Book Club

July 11, 2013

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MACOMB, IL – I spy with my little eye a book that begins with the letter "J."

The next selection of the Western Illinois University Libraries' Espionage Book Club is "Jack 1939" by Christine Mathews. The book will be discussed at the club's final summer meeting at 12:05 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12 in the Malpass Library. The book is available at

Imagine a young Jack Kennedy spying for the United States in Spring 1939 as Europe prepares for war. According to The New Yorker, "Family mythology and intimations of Jack's destiny are deftly and amusingly woven into page-turning adventures in London, Rome, Paris, Berlin, Danzig and Warsaw," while the Library Journal stated, "Young Jack Kennedy makes for a flawed but appealing protagonist, and the espionage plot is complex and thrilling in equal parts."

For more information on the Library Espionage Book Club, contact William Thompson at

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