Books: Operative 88

THE SHATTERED SILENCE by Zwy Aldouby and Jerrold Ballinger. 453 pages. Coward, McCann & Geoghegan. $7.95.

Early in 1962, a mustached man of 37 arrived in Damascus using the name Kamal Amin Taabet. He carried an Argentine passport and claimed to be a Lebanese of Syrian descent returning from an expatriate period in Buenos Aires. Taabet set up as an exporter of furniture and tapestries and managed to make a wide range of friends in the business community, in the army and in the ruling Baath party. Quite innocently, those friends kept him...

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