The Company (Littell novel)

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The Company: A Novel of the CIA
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AuthorRobert Littell
PublisherOverlook Press
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The Company: A Novel of the CIA is an American novel written by Robert Littell and published by The Overlook Press in 2002. The plot interweaves the professional lives of both historical and fictional characters in the field of international espionage between June 1950 and August 1995.

The book was a New York Times bestseller and received wide critical acclaim.[1]

It is the basis of a 2007 miniseries starring Michael Keaton, Chris O'Donnell, and Alfred Molina.

Notable historical characters[edit]

The plot includes numerous characters based on historical persons, with varying degrees of verisimilitude.

The following is a list of the historical persons who speak or interact with other characters in the novel:

In addition, although William King Harvey doesn't appear by name, the character "Harvey Torriti, a.k.a. the Sorcerer" is a very thinly disguised version of Harvey.


  1. ^ "Hardcover Fiction". The New York Times. 2002-04-28. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-01-21.
  2. ^ The novel refers to her as Judy Exner in events taking place as early as 1960 though she was then divorced from actor William Campbell and used his surname. She did not marry Dan Exner until the 1970s.

    This is in keeping with author Littell's practice of using consistent names for people or organizations whose historical names changed over time (e.g., KGB for the organization that was at various times known as the Cheka, GPU, OGPU, NKVD, NKGB, MGB, and then KGB).

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