• The Billion Dollar Spy
  • The Billion Dollar Spy
  • The Billion Dollar Spy
  • The Billion Dollar Spy
  • The Billion Dollar Spy
  • The Billion Dollar Spy
  • The Billion Dollar Spy
  • The Billion Dollar Spy

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

Non-Fiction, History & Politics
Paperback Published on: 07/06/2018
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The Billion Dollar Spy
Reads like a spy novel!
It’s hard to believe this isn’t fiction, Hoffman’s writing is pacy and compelling, with all of the tropes of a great spy novel yet it chronicles the genuin... READ MORE
Emma Prince at Portsmouth
The Billion Dollar Spy
If you're interested in spies, this is your book!
Non-fiction is usually out of my comfort zone, because it is usually my last resort unless it is a topic that I am passionate about. So, if I have other re... READ MORE
Iara at Basingstoke

Synopsis

Waterstones Non-Fiction Book of the Month for August 2018 ‘An astonishingly detailed picture of espionage in the 1980s, written with pacey journalistic verve and an eerily contemporary feel. Essential reading for anyone who wants to know how the spy mind works.’ Ben Macinytre, The Times January, 1977. While the chief of the CIA's Moscow station fills his gas tank, a stranger drops a note into the car. In the years that followed, that stranger, Adolf Tolkachev, became one of the West's most valuable spies. At enormous risk Tolkachev and his handlers conducted clandestine meetings across Moscow, using spy cameras, props, and private codes to elude the KGB in its own backyard - until a shocking betrayal put them all at risk. Derived from recently declassified intelligence, Pulitzer-winner David E. Hoffman masterfully prises open the heartless chill of the Cold War in The Billion Dollar Spy; a brilliant feat of reporting and a riveting true story. Hoffman’s real skill is in turning the details of archive research into page-turning prose as compelling as any work of espionage fiction. The book is packed with riveting details about the minutiae of spy-craft alongside insights into the heart-stopping tension of life undercover in 1980’s Moscow. Soon to be a major new film, directed by Amma Asante, Hoffman’s book unlocks the psychology of a secret service operative, giving unprecedented access to the life of the CIA’s greatest Kremlin insider.

  • Publisher: Icon Books
  • ISBN: 9781785783524
  • Number of pages: 416
  • Weight: 380g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 30 mm

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The Billion Dollar Spy
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An absorbing read. A penetrating true story of intrigue, uncertainty, fear and loneliness depicting a pernicious lifestyle with overtones of tragedy. There... READ MORE
Charn Moore