Spy Wars: Moles, Mysteries, and Deadly Games

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Yale University Press, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 313 pages
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Chosen by William Safire in the New York Times to be the publishing sleeper-seller of the year for 2007.In this rapid-paced book, a former CIA chief of Soviet bloc counterintelligence breaks open the mysterious case of KGB officer Yuri Nosenko's 1964 defection to the United States. Still a highly controversial chapter in the history of Cold War espionage, the Nosenko affair has inspired debate for more than forty years: was Nosenko a bona fide defector with the real information about Lee Harvey Oswald's stay in Soviet Russia, or was he a KGB loyalist, engaged in a complex game of deception? As supervisor of CIA operations against the KGB at the time, Tennent H. Bagley directly handled Nosenko's case. This insider knowledge, combined with information gleaned from dozens of interviews with former KGB adversaries, places Bagley in a uniquely authoritative position. He guides the reader step by step through the complicated operations surrounding the Nosenko affair and shatters the comfortable version of events the CIA has presented to the public. Bagley unveils not only the KGB's history of merciless and bloody betrayals but also the existence of undiscovered traitors in the American camp. Shining new light on the CIA-KGB spy wars, he invites deeper thinking about the history of espionage and its implications for the intelligence community today.

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User Review  - chris - Overstock.com

Excellent book well written and holds your interest. Knowing the history behind this books helps. It is powerful and a great story.. You have to love spy stories and have an interest in the cold war! Read full review

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User Review  - jonmodene - LibraryThing

Wow. Read this and then you will agree that the CIA needs to be shut down and reconstituted with an entire new staff. 9/11 was the just one of these clowns mistakes. Amazing. Read full review


Part II Deadly Games
Part III Hidden Moles
Part IV Confrontation
Part V Too Hot to Handle
Part VI Late Light
A KGB Veterans View of Nosenko
A Myth and Its Making
Selfdeception Bane of Counterintelligence

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