British spy stories
Spy novelist Alan Furst recommends three - Graham Greene's Our Man in Havana, Eric Ambler's The Levanter and John le Carré's Honourable Schoolboy.
I remember laughing out loud when I read Greene's novel, but I also saw Havana's people and beauty crumbling under the corruption of dictator Batista's regime. It is shocking to consider that the US State Department made Batista "our man in Havana".
That Batista would be replaced by the corrupt totalitarian socialist Castro - who boasts about Cuba's health care while calling in foreign specialists when he himself is ill and while generations of Cubans live in desperate poverty - makes a reread of Our Man a chilling experience.
Every US President could read the book as a warning that even his intelligence reports are personal - made by persons with personal ambitions, fears, blind spots - and therefore often wrong.