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Former CIA Clandestine Service
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The Commission
The Uncensored History of the 9/11 Investigation
Philip Shenon - Jan 31, 2008
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In a work of history that will make headlines, NY Times reporter Philip Shenon investigates the investigation of 9/11 & tells the inside story of most important federal commission since the the Warren Commission. Shenon uncovers startling new information about the inner workings of the 9/11 Commission & its relationship with the Bush White House. T...
John Sipher
Feb 25, 2021
@alexrblackwell @alexzfinley @ThePlumLineGS Excellent book. Also see Paul Pillar, “Good Literature and Bad History”and Stephen Marrin's “The 9/11 terrorist Attacks: A Failure of Policy Not Strategic Intelligence Analysis.”      source
Eastern Approaches
Fitzroy MacLean - Aug 06, 2009 (first published in 1949)
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70th Anniversary Edition with a New Foreword by Sunday Times Bestselling Author Simon Sebag Montefiore'A classic' Observer | 'A legend' Washington Post | 'The best book you will read this year' Colonel Tim CollinsPosted to Moscow as a young diplomat before the Second World War, Fitzroy Maclean travelled widely, with or without permission, in some o...
John Sipher
Feb 02, 2021
@olliecarroll @AndreyKazankov @christogrozev “Eastern Approaches” is one of my favorite books.      source
Bag Man
The Wild Crimes, Audacious Cover-up, and Spectacular Downfall of a Brazen Crook in the White House
Rachel Maddow - Dec 08, 2020
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The untold story of the other scandal that rocked Nixon's White House: the wild crimes, audacious cover-up, and spectacular downfall of Vice President Spiro Agnew - with new reporting that expands on Rachel Maddow's Peabody Award-nominated podcast.Is it possible for an American vice president to direct a vast criminal enterprise within the halls of...
John Sipher
Jan 08, 2021
@djrothkopf @maddow’s book on Spiro Agnew - “Bagman” - provides good background and context on this issue      source
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Russians Among Us
Sleeper Cells, Ghost Stories, and the Hunt for Putin's Spies
Gordon Corera - Feb 09, 2021
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With intrigue that rivals the best le Carré novels, Russians Among Us tells the explosive story of Russia’s espionage efforts against the United States and the West—from the end of the Cold War to the present and the significant threat of hacking the 2020 electionSpies have long been a source of great fascination in the world of fiction, but someti...
John Sipher
Jan 02, 2021
@yogabykate @mojaveb @alexrblackwell Other good books are Billion Dollar Spy, Wilderness of Mirrors (Martin), Mole by Hood, Betrayal in Berlin, Russians Among Us and the Spy Who Saved the World. The Angel about Israel and A Secret Life about Kuklinksi are good.      source
Wilderness of Mirrors
Intrigue, Deception, and the Secrets that Destroyed Two of the Cold War's Most Important Agents
David C. Martin - Sep 18, 2018 (first published in 1980)
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At the dawn of the Cold War, the world's most important intelligence agencies--the Soviet KGB, the American CIA, and the British MI6--appeared to have clear-cut roles and a sense of rising importance in their respective countries. But when Kim Philby, head of MI6's Russian division and arguably the twenty-first century's greatest spy, was revealed ...
John Sipher
Jan 02, 2021
@yogabykate @mojaveb @alexrblackwell Other good books are Billion Dollar Spy, Wilderness of Mirrors (Martin), Mole by Hood, Betrayal in Berlin, Russians Among Us and the Spy Who Saved the World. The Angel about Israel and A Secret Life about Kuklinksi are good.      source
The Angel
The Egyptian Spy Who Saved Israel
Uri Bar-Joseph - Sep 05, 2017 (first published in 2010)
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A NETFLIX ORIGINAL MOVIETHE BEST INTELLIGENCE BOOK for 2017 by The American Association of Former Intelligence OfficersA gripping feat of reportage that exposes—for the first time in English—the sensational life and mysterious death of Ashraf Marwan, an Egyptian senior official who spied for Israel, offering new insight into the turbulent modern hi...
John Sipher
Jan 02, 2021
@yogabykate @mojaveb @alexrblackwell Other good books are Billion Dollar Spy, Wilderness of Mirrors (Martin), Mole by Hood, Betrayal in Berlin, Russians Among Us and the Spy Who Saved the World. The Angel about Israel and A Secret Life about Kuklinksi are good.      source
Mole
William Hood - Sep 18, 2016 (first published in 1982)
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The thrilling true story of Lt. Col. Pyotr Popov, the first agent the CIA recruited within the Soviet intelligence service. Reads like the best of le Carre -- but fact....
John Sipher
Jan 02, 2021
@yogabykate @mojaveb @alexrblackwell Other good books are Billion Dollar Spy, Wilderness of Mirrors (Martin), Mole by Hood, Betrayal in Berlin, Russians Among Us and the Spy Who Saved the World. The Angel about Israel and A Secret Life about Kuklinksi are good.      source
The Billion Dollar Spy
A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal
David E. Hoffman - May 10, 2016
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From the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning history The Dead Hand comes the riveting story of a spy who cracked open the Soviet military research establishment and a penetrating portrait of the CIA’s Moscow station, an outpost of daring espionage in the last years of the Cold WarWhile driving out of the American embassy in Moscow on the evening o...
John Sipher
Jan 02, 2021
@yogabykate @mojaveb @alexrblackwell Other good books are Billion Dollar Spy, Wilderness of Mirrors (Martin), Mole by Hood, Betrayal in Berlin, Russians Among Us and the Spy Who Saved the World. The Angel about Israel and A Secret Life about Kuklinksi are good.      source
A Secret Life
The Polish Colonel, His Covert Mission, And The Price He Paid To Save His Country
Benjamin Weiser - Jan 19, 2004
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For almost a decade, Col.Ryszard Kuklinski betrayed the Communist leadership of Poland, cooperating with the CIA in one of the most extraordinary human intelligence operations of the Cold War. Now that Poland is free, a riddle remains: Was Kuklinski a patriot or a traitor? In August 1972, Ryszard Kuklinski, a highly respected colonel in the Polish...
John Sipher
Jan 02, 2021
@yogabykate @mojaveb @alexrblackwell Other good books are Billion Dollar Spy, Wilderness of Mirrors (Martin), Mole by Hood, Betrayal in Berlin, Russians Among Us and the Spy Who Saved the World. The Angel about Israel and A Secret Life about Kuklinksi are good.      source
The Spy Who Saved the World
How a Soviet Colonel Changed the Course of the Cold War
Jerrold L. Schecter - Mar 01, 1992
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A nonfiction le Carre that offers an unprecedented glimpse at the real drama of how a spy is "run"--and run to ground--this is the never before told story of Oleg Penkovsky, the highest ranking Soviet official to ever cooperate with the West. Written with exclusive access to transcripts of Penkovsky's meetings with the CIA. Photographs....
John Sipher
Jan 02, 2021
@yogabykate @mojaveb @alexrblackwell Other good books are Billion Dollar Spy, Wilderness of Mirrors (Martin), Mole by Hood, Betrayal in Berlin, Russians Among Us and the Spy Who Saved the World. The Angel about Israel and A Secret Life about Kuklinksi are good.      source
Agent Sonya
Moscow's Most Daring Wartime Spy
Ben MacIntyre - Sep 15, 2020
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In 1942, in a quiet village in the leafy English Cotswolds, a thin, elegant woman lived in a small cottage with her three children and her husband, who worked as a machinist nearby. Ursula Burton was friendly but reserved, and spoke English with a slight foreign accent. By all accounts, she seemed to be living a simple, unassuming life. Her neighbo...
John Sipher
Jan 02, 2021
@yogabykate @mojaveb @alexrblackwell Ok, here we go. There are so many good books. I'll focus on the ones that are good/accurate and fun to read. There are a bunch that are good but not really enjoyable. First, Ben McIntyre's books are fun reads - Agent Sonya, The Spy and Traitor, Op Mincemeat, Zigzag...      source
The Spy and the Traitor by Ben MacIntyre
Operation Mincemeat by Ben MacIntyre
Agent Zigzag by Ben MacIntyre
Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe
Dead Doubles by Trevor Barnes
Owney by Mona Kerby
All the Shah's Men by Stephen Kinzer
Betrayal in Berlin by Steve Vogel
Nothing is True and Everything is Possible by Peter Pomerantsev
Active Measures by Thomas Rid
Witness by Whittaker Chambers