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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?

1. Deep Undercover: My Secret Life and Tangled Allegiances as a KGB Spy in America (2018)

 Best Russian Spy Books You Should EnjoyMillions watched the CBS 60 Minutes special on Jack Barsky in 2015. Now, in this fascinating memoir, the Soviet KGB agent tells his story of gut-wrenching choices, appalling betrayals, his turbulent inner world, and the secret life he lived for years without getting caught.On October 8, 1978, a Canadian national by the name of William Dyson stepped off a plane at O’Hare International Airport and proceeded toward Customs and Immigration.Two days later, William Dyson ceased to exist.The identity was a KGB forgery, used to get one of their own―a young, ambitious East German agent―into the United States.The plan…
Author(s): Jack Barsky , Joe Reilly, et al.

2. 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. The son of two KGB agents and the product of the best Soviet institutions, the savvy, sophisticated Gordievsky grew to see his nation’s communism as both criminal and philistine. He took his first posting for Russian intelligence in 1968 and eventually became the Soviet Union’s top man in London, but from 1973 on he was secretly working for MI6. For nearly a…
Author(s): Ben Macintyre

3. 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. In the years that followed, that man, Adolf Tolkachev, became one of the most valuable spies ever for the U.S. But these activities posed…
Author(s): David E. Hoffman

4. 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. Together with Elliott and Angleton he stood on the front lines of the Cold War, holding Communism at bay. But he was secretly betraying them both: He was working for the Russians the entire time. Every word uttered in confidence to Philby by his colleagues in…
Author(s): Ben Macintyre, le Carré, John

5. 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 spied on America for the Russians, trading thumb drives of sensitive technical data for envelopes of cash, selling out his beloved country across noisy restaurant tables and in quiet parking lots. Or so the Russians believed. In fact, Jamali was a covert double agent working with the…
Author(s): Naveed Jamali, Ellis Henican

6. 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. From the targeting of local priests to an assassination order against Pope John Paul II, the KGB viewed Catholicism as a threat to stability in Eastern Europe and treated the Church as an enemy of the State. Former U.S. Army Intelligence Officer John Koehler has written the definitive book on this startling history. Using never before seen…
Author(s): John Koehler

7. 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. As Max races from the alleyways of Minsk to the tony neighborhoods of Zurich, and finally to the…
Author(s): Jack Arbor

8. It’s Hard To Be a Russian Spy: The Great Collection Of Riddles & Brain Teasers From The Final Examination of Soviet and 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. But there is no shadow of doubt which of these requires a person to be literally Jack of all trades – smart, cunning, highly intelligent, resilient and the perfect mix of brains and brawns.There is an aura of mysticism surrounding Spies and very few people have told the tale of where it all began- in the training room. Put together by means that better remain cloaked, or perhaps a story for another time, author Igor Suvorov brings you a…
Author(s): Igor Suvorov

9. 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 story has been called “the greatest secret of the Cold War.”In 1946, genius linguist and codebreaker Meredith Gardner discovered that the KGB was running an extensive network of strategically placed spies inside the…
Author(s): Howard Blum

10. 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. Years later, living in Britain, Vassiliev retrieved his extensive notebooks of transcribed documents from Moscow. With these notebooks John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr have meticulously constructed a new, sometimes shocking, historical account.Along with general insights into espionage tactics and the motives of…
Author(s): John Earl Haynes , Mr. Harvey Klehr, et al.

11. 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. Browder’s business saga meshes well with the story of corruption and murder in Vladimir Putin’s Russia, making Red Notice an early candidate for any list of the year’s best books” (Fortune).This is a story about an accidental activist. Bill Browder started out his adult life as the Wall Street maverick whose instincts led him to Russia just after the breakup of the Soviet Union, where he…
Author(s): Bill Browder

12. 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. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of…
Author(s): Amor Towles

13. 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.

14. 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. But when he finds the mastermind agent behind the assassinations—the so-called eighth sister—she is not who or what he was led…
Author(s): Robert Dugoni

Best Russian Spy Books You Should Enjoy

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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

The Skripal files: the life and near death of a Russian spy

Author(s): Skripal, Sergei;Urban, Mark
ID: 2764562, Publisher: Henry Holt and Company, Year: 2018, Size: 5 Mb, Format: epub

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