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Best Russian Spy Books You Should Enjoy

Until you’ve consumed all of the best Russian Spy books, can you even claim to be a true fan?

The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War (2019)

 Best Russian Spy Books You Should Enjoy“The best true spy story I have ever read.”—JOHN LE CARRÉ If anyone could be considered a Russian counterpart to the infamous British double-agent Kim Philby, it was Oleg Gordievsky.
Author(s): Ben Macintyre

The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal (2016)

 Best Russian Spy Books You Should Enjoy  It was the height of the Cold War, and a dangerous time to be stationed in the Soviet Union. One evening, while the chief of the CIA’s Moscow station was filling his gas tank, a stranger approached and dropped a note into the car. The chief, suspicious of a KGB trap, ignored the overture. But the man had made up his mind. His attempts to establish contact with the CIA would be rebuffed four times before he thrust upon them an envelope whose contents would stun U.S. intelligence.
Author(s): David E. Hoffman

A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal (2015)

 Best Russian Spy Books You Should EnjoyWho was Kim Philby? Those closest to him—like his fellow MI6 officer and best friend since childhood, Nicholas Elliot, and the CIA’s head of counterintelligence, James Jesus Angleton—knew him as a loyal confidant and an unshakeable patriot. Philby was a brilliant and charming man who rose to head Britain’s counterintelligence against the Soviet Union.
Author(s): Ben Macintyre, le Carré, John

How to Catch a Russian Spy: The True Story of an American Civilian Turned Double Agent (2018)

 Best Russian Spy Books You Should EnjoyWith an epilogue on recent Russian spying, a “page-turner of a memoir” (Publishers Weekly) about an American civilian with a dream, who worked as a double agent with the FBI in the early 2000s to bring down a Russian intelligence agent in New York City.For three nerve-wracking years, from 2005 to 2008, Naveed Jamali…
Author(s): Naveed Jamali, Ellis Henican

Spies in the Vatican: The Soviet Union’s Cold War Against the Catholic Church (2011)

 Best Russian Spy Books You Should EnjoyThe shocking history of the Soviet Union’s espionage campaign against the Catholic Church. Infamous for the arbitrary and paranoid persecution of their own citizens, it is a little known fact that the Soviet Union also waged a vicious espionage war against the Catholic Church and its followers.
Author(s): John Koehler

The Russian Assassin: A Max Austin Thriller, Book #1 (Volume 1) (2017)

 Best Russian Spy Books You Should EnjoyWhat if your father wasn’t the man you thought he was? Former KGB assassin Max Austin’s peaceful life in Paris is shattered when his mother’s imminent death brings him back to a world he only wants to forget. Before he’s even unpacked his bags, a brutal act of terrorism sends Max running for his life and forces him to uncover secrets about his father’s past to save his family’s lives. Max’s sister and nephew become pawns in a game that started a generation ago.
Author(s): Jack Arbor

It’s Hard To Be a Russian Spy: The Great Collection Of Riddles & Russian Spies (Brain Teaser Puzzles for Adults) (2017)

 Best Russian Spy Books You Should EnjoyThere’s training to be an Olympic Athlete. Then there is training to a Russian Spy. Both extremely difficult and a much esteemed percentage of people around the world get to be picked for it.
Author(s): Igor Suvorov

In the Enemy’s House: The Secret Saga of the FBI Agent and the Code Breaker Who Caught the Russian Spies (2019)

 Best Russian Spy Books You Should EnjoyThe New York Times bestselling author of Dark Invasion and The Last Goodnight once again illuminates the lives of little-known individuals who played a significant role in America’s history as he chronicles the incredible true story of a critical, recently declassified counterintelligence mission and two remarkable agents whose s…
Author(s): Howard Blum

Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America (2010)

 Best Russian Spy Books You Should EnjoyThis stunning book, based on KGB archives that have never come to light before, provides the most complete account of Soviet espionage in America ever written. In 1993, former KGB officer Alexander Vassiliev was permitted unique access to Stalin-era records of Soviet intelligence operations against the United States.
Author(s): John Earl Haynes , Mr. Harvey Klehr, et al.

Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice (2015)

 Best Russian Spy Books You Should Enjoy“[Red Notice] does for investing in Russia and the former Soviet Union what Liar’s Poker did for our understanding of Salomon Brothers, Wall Street, and the mortgage-backed securities business in the 1980s.
Author(s): Bill Browder

A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel (2019)

 Best Russian Spy Books You Should EnjoyHe can’t leave his hotel. You won’t want to. From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility—a transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel. In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin.
Author(s): Amor Towles

Blind Man’s Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage (2016)

 Best Russian Spy Books You Should EnjoyBlind Man’s Bluff is an exciting, epic story of adventure, ingenuity, courage, and disaster beneath the sea. This New York Times bestseller reveals previously unknown dramas, such as: A magnificent achievement in investigative reporting, Blind Man’s Bluff reads like a spy thriller, but with one important difference-everything in it is true.
Author(s): Sherry Sontag , Christopher Drew , et al.

The Eighth Sister: A Thriller (Charles Jenkins) (2019)

 Best Russian Spy Books You Should EnjoyFormer CIA case officer Charles Jenkins is a man at a crossroads: in his early sixties, he has a family, a new baby on the way, and a security consulting business on the brink of bankruptcy. Then his former bureau chief shows up at his house with a risky new assignment: travel undercover to Moscow and locate a Russian agent believed to be killing members of a clandestine US spy cell known as the seven sisters.Desperate for money, Jenkins agrees to the mission and heads to the Russian capital.
Author(s): Robert Dugoni

Best Russian Spy Books You Should Enjoy

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Spymaster’s Prism: The Fight Against Russian Aggression

Author(s): Jack Devine
ID: 3003427, Publisher: Potomac Books, Year: 2021, Size: 8 Mb, Format: pdf

The Skripal Files: The Life and Near Death of a Russian Spy

Author(s): Mark Urban
ID: 2270514, Publisher: Henry Holt and Co., Year: 2018, Size: 5 Mb, Format: epub

The Illegal: The Hunt for a Russian Spy in Post-War London

Author(s): Gordon Corera
ID: 2348273, Publisher: Amazon Publishing, Year: 2018, Size: 235 Kb, Format: epub

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