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Tom Powers

Tom Powers has been a writer by profession since 1970. His seven books include The Man Who Kept the Secrets: Richard Helms and the CIA (published by Alfred Knopf in 1979) and Heisenberg's War: The Secret History of the German Bomb (Knopf, 1993), which sparked a continuing controversy and inspired the British playwright Michael Frayn to write Copenhagen, the Tony-award winning play about the 1941 wartime encounter of physicists Werner Heisenberg and Niels Bohr. Powers often writes about the history of Intelligence organizations and is a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books and the New York Times. Other books include The Confirmation (Knopf, 2000), a novel. A paperback edition of Intelligence Wars: American Secret History from Hitler to Al Qaeda, was published in June 2004. Currently Powers is working on a narrative history of the killing of the Oglala Sioux chief Crazy Horse by the U.S. Army in 1877. He and his wife Candace have lived in South Royalton, Vermont since 1982.

Last Updated: 7/28/09