Spy Handler: Memoir of a KGB Officer: The True Story of the Man Who Recruited Robert Hanssen and Aldrich Ames

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Basic Books, Jan 2, 2014 - History - 368 pages
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In a memoir more chilling than a John le Carre novel, we meet the senior KGB officer who recruited and handled two of America's most dangerous traitors, and whose career spanned four continents
 

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Review: Spy Handler: Memoir of a KGB Officer: The True Story of the Man Who Recruited Robert Hanssen and Aldrich Ames

User Review  - Alison - Goodreads

I saw the author briefly on an Anthony Bourdain show. I knew I needed to hear more from him. Great back stories on Aldrich Ames, Robert Hansen, the Cold War, the kgb. Read full review

Review: Spy Handler: Memoir of a KGB Officer: The True Story of the Man Who Recruited Robert Hanssen and Aldrich Ames

User Review  - Beth Tigue - Goodreads

This one never captured my interest and I put it down and never finished it. Read full review

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Contents

Betrayal
1
Inside the Lions Den Washington Station
11
The Training of a KGB Handler
35
Cold War Front Line Beirut
75
Treason
101
Intrigue at Moscow Center
117
Washington Station The Redefector
137
Washington Station The Most Dangerous Spy
179
Washington Station How to Catch a Spy
211
Washington Station The Biggest Catch Hanssen
227
Washington Station The Final Years of the KGB
257
Wild Capitalism in New Russia
285
Lessons of Cold War Espionage
307
Notes
315
Index
319
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About the author (2014)

Victor Cherkashin, a retired KGB colonel, was awarded the prestigious Order of Lenin. During his four decades working for the KGB, he was stationed at various times in West Germany, India, Australia, Lebanon, and Washington, D.C. Following his retirement, he began a private security company in Russia, which he still runs. He lives in Moscow. Gregory Feifer holds a B.A. and an M.A. in Russian Studies from Harvard. A former Radio Free Europe Moscow correspondent, Feifer lived in Russia from 1998 to 2003. He covered Russian politics for a number of publications, including the Moscow Times, World Policy Journal, and Agence France-Presse. He lives in New York City. Victor Cherkashin, a retired KGB colonel, was awarded the prestigious Order of Lenin. During his four decades working for the KGB, he was stationed at various times in West Germany, India, Australia, Lebanon, and Washington, D.C. Following his retirement, he began a private security company in Russia, which he still runs. He lives in Moscow. Gregory Feifer holds a B.A. and an M.A. in Russian Studies from Harvard. A former Radio Free Europe Moscow correspondent, Feifer lived in Russia from 1998 to 2003. He covered Russian politics for a number of publications, including the Moscow Times, World Policy Journal, and Agence France-Presse. He lives in New York City.

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