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Say Nothing
A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland
Patrick Radden Keefe - Feb 25, 2020 (first published in 2018)
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From award-winning New Yorker staff writer Patrick Radden Keefe, a stunning, intricate narrative about a notorious killing in Northern Ireland and its devastating repercussionsIn December 1972, Jean McConville, a thirty-eight-year-old mother of ten, was dragged from her Belfast home by masked intruders, her children clinging to her legs. They never...
John Sipher
Oct 16, 2020
@praddenkeefe @CFR_org Great book     source
Dead Doubles
The Extraordinary Worldwide Hunt for One of the Cold War's Most Notorious Spy Rings
Trevor Barnes - Sep 15, 2020
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The astonishing but true story of one of the most notorious spy cases from the Cold War—and the international manhunt that seized global attention as it revealed the shadowy world of deep cover KGB operatives. The dramatic arrest in London on January 7, 1961 of five Soviet spies made headlines worldwide and had repercussions around the globe. Alert...
John Sipher
Aug 24, 2020
Great book. It shows how little Russian espionage has changed.     source
The Mail-Pouch Pooch
Mona Kerby - Nov 21, 2019
One rainy night in 1888, a stray dog wandered into the U.S. Post Office in Albany, New York. Workers found him the next morning asleep on a pile of mail pouches. The dog seemed to like the post office and the smell of the mailbags and the men's wool uniforms. When no one came to claim him, they named him Owney and made him their pet. However, Owney...
John Sipher
Aug 20, 2020
@Susan_Hennessey @mattyglesias I’ve been a big fan of Owney for a long time. My mom was a school librarian and always read the book to kids.     source
All the Shah's Men
An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror
Stephen Kinzer - Jan 01, 2008 (first published in 2003)
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With a thrilling narrative that sheds much light on recent events, this national bestseller brings to life the 1953 CIA coup in Iran that ousted the country's elected prime minister, ushered in a quarter-century of brutal rule under the Shah, and stimulated the rise of Islamic fundamentalism and anti-Americanism in the Middle East. Selected as one ...
John Sipher
Aug 19, 2020
@kgallego32 @stephenkinzer @Coup53 Excellent book     source
Betrayal in Berlin
The True Story of the Cold War's Most Audacious Espionage Operation
Steve Vogel - Sep 24, 2019
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The astonishing true story of the Berlin Tunnel, one of the West’s greatest espionage operations of the Cold War—and the dangerous Soviet mole who betrayed it.Its code name was “Operation Gold,” a wildly audacious CIA plan to construct a clandestine tunnel into East Berlin to tap into critical KGB and Soviet military telecommunication lines. The tu...
John Sipher
Mar 04, 2020
Great story and book!     source
Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible
The Surreal Heart of the New Russia
Peter Pomerantsev - Nov 10, 2015 (first published in 2014)
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A journey into the glittering, surreal heart of 21st century Russia, where even dictatorship is a reality show Professional killers with the souls of artists, would-be theater directors turned Kremlin puppet-masters, suicidal supermodels, Hell's Angels who hallucinate themselves as holy warriors, and oligarch revolutionaries: welcome to the wild an...
John Sipher
Dec 29, 2019
@twistopherrobin His book is great. “Nothing is True and Everything is Possible”.     source
Active Measures
The Secret History of Disinformation and Political Warfare
Thomas Rid - Apr 21, 2020
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This revelatory and dramatic history of disinformation traces the rise of secret organized deception operations from the interwar period to contemporary internet troll farms We live in the age of disinformation--of organized deception. Spy agencies pour vast resources into hacking, leaking, and forging data, often with the goal of weakening the ver...
John Sipher
Nov 22, 2019
@yarotrof @BTRTSR Read Mitrokhin and @RidT Thomas Rid's new book "Active Measures". I love your book, by the way. I suggest it to many people     source