When I returned my Cronin books to the library a few weeks ago, I wound up perusing the stacks and inexplicably picked out two non-fiction reads at random. Just finished the first---"Veil: The Secret Wars of the CIA 1981 - 1987", by Bob Woodward. Talk about a cast of characters! I slogged through to the very end, and even though it was hard to keep people and timelines straight in my mind, the basic narrative was fairly easy to follow. It was worth the time, and brought back a lot of memories of the scandal at the time. Always kind of neat to take a look at the behind-the-scenes action, and the thought processes of those in charge.
Book # 2 is "D-Day, June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of WWII" by Stephen Ambrose. Who knows how long THAT will take me!?