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TV review: 'The Assets' sets story of Aldrich Ames at a low boil
TV review: 'The Assets' sets story of Aldrich Ames at a low boil

It has been a long time since the Cold War crumbled to dust, making a small mockery of decades of mutually assured paranoia. Those nuclear arsenals, those drop drills, those bad dreams — what were they all for? Kids these days have no idea. Frankly, it's hard to remember myself. One corollary benefit of that time is a great lore and literature of espionage, fictional and factual, a cornerstone of pop culture and childhood play over the last half of the 20th century — and with a change of players, into this one. (Hello, "Homeland.") "The Assets," which unrolls as an eight-part miniseries beginning Thursday on ABC, tells the true story of Aldrich...

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