Gary Oldman as secret agent George Smiley in an adaptation of John le Carré’s spy novel Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Photo: Focus Features Gary Oldman as secret agent George Smiley in an adaptation of John le Carré’s spy novel Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Photo: Focus Features
Gary Oldman as secret agent George Smiley in an adaptation of John le Carré’s spy novel Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Photo: Focus Features
Tom Plate
Opinion

Opinion

Tom Plate

Cold War-era spy novels have much to tell us about the US, China and the new year

  • John le Carré’s fiction, set during the Cold War, can easily be a platform for understanding the current frost between Beijing and Washington
  • Will the two sides understand that they are not that different, after all?

Gary Oldman as secret agent George Smiley in an adaptation of John le Carré’s spy novel Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Photo: Focus Features Gary Oldman as secret agent George Smiley in an adaptation of John le Carré’s spy novel Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Photo: Focus Features
Gary Oldman as secret agent George Smiley in an adaptation of John le Carré’s spy novel Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Photo: Focus Features
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Tom Plate

Tom Plate

Tom Plate is a university professor and a veteran columnist focused on Asia and America. This Distinguished Scholar of Asian and Pacific Studies at Loyola Marymount University has orchestrated live interactive seminars with major universities across Asia, as part of the LMU’s path-finding Asia Media International Centre. He is also the author of 13 books, including the bestsellers “Confessions of an American Media Man” (2007), four volumes in the “Giants of Asia” series, and three In the 'Tom Plate on Asia' book series. He is vice-president of the Pacific Century Institute, in Los Angeles.