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Double Lives: Real-Life Spies

As the newest installment of Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible franchise explodes into theaters, and it has us thinking about real-life secret agents. Just which power players have led double lives?

From Julia Child to Roald Dahl, find out what covert VIPs have, in one way or another, worked for an undercover organization of stealthily aided U.S. military efforts.

/ December 22, 2011, 11:22am / 11

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Paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne

Paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne

/ December 21, 2011 / 63

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WAAC parade, November 1942

WAAC parade, November 1942

/ December 21, 2011 / 43

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An anonymous Sargent of the 82nd Airborne eating somewhere in Sicily

An anonymous Sargent of the 82nd Airborne eating somewhere in Sicily

/ December 21, 2011 / 209

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/ December 21, 2011 / 186

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US Coast Guard correspondent Victor Hayden lights a cigarette for an Okinawan peasant woman after she crossed the American lines.

US Coast Guard correspondent Victor Hayden lights a cigarette for an Okinawan peasant woman after she crossed the American lines.

/ December 21, 2011 / 72

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US general: Troops may stay in Afghanistan past 2014

The senior American commander in Afghanistan suggested Tuesday that American forces could remain in the country beyond 2014 despite President Obama’s pledge to withdraw them by then. The commander’s remarks amounted to the most emphatic signal to date that the United States military intended to secure a presence here, possibly for years.

/ December 21, 2011, 1:36am / 33

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WAAC drivers, Feb 1951

WAAC drivers, Feb 1951

/ December 20, 2011 / 65

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