BBC The Secret History of Spies

The key heritage of Spies

This new collector's version from BBC historical past journal charts the intense background of espionage, from precedent days until eventually the electronic age. Meet a few of the world's so much audacious spies and learn the way they took poor dangers to form the results of worldwide wars, utilizing a few outstanding instruments and trickery.

Inside you'll find:
◆ Biographies of the spies who mattered most
◆ Illustrated examples of chilly battle secret agent gadgets
◆ striking stories of espionage adventures
◆ clean insights into the key wars that formed many fresh conflicts

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

By Victor Cherkashin, Gregory Feifer

In his 4 many years as a KGB officer, Victor Cherkashin used to be a principal participant within the shadowy international of chilly warfare espionage. From his rigorous education in Soviet intelligence within the early Nineteen Fifties to his major spot because the KGB's head of counterintelligence on the Soviet embassy in Washington, Cherkashin's occupation used to be wealthy in episode and drama. In a riveting memoir, Cherkashin offers a impressive insider's view of the KGB's lengthy clash with the CIA. enjoying an enormous position in worldwide espionage for many of the chilly struggle, Cherkashin used to be published to stations within the usa, Australia, India, and Lebanon. He tracked down U.S. and British spies around the globe. however it used to be in 1985 that Cherkashin scored of the KGB's biggest-ever coups. In April of that 12 months, he recruited disgruntled CIA officer Aldrich Ames and have become his valuable handler. Six months later, FBI exact agent Robert Hanssen contacted Cherkashin without delay, ultimately turning into a bigger asset than Ames. In Spy Handler, Cherkashin bargains the entire account of the way and why either american citizens grew to become opposed to their nation, and addresses the rumors of an undiscovered KGB spy-another Hanssen or Ames-still at huge within the U.S. intelligence group. filled with bright element and dramatic bills that shed stark new mild at the internal workings of the KGB, Spy Handler is an immense addition to chilly warfare background, advised by way of one among its significant players.

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Bridge of Spies

By Giles Whittell

The dramatic occasions in the back of the movie, BRIDGE OF SPIES.

Who have been the 3 males the yank and Soviet superpowers exchanged at Berlin's Glienicke Bridge and Checkpoint Charlie within the first and such a lot mythical prisoner alternate among East and West? Bridge of Spies vividly strains their paths to that alternate on February 10, 1962, whilst their destiny helped to outline the conflicts and deadly undercurrents of the main harmful years of the chilly War.

Bridge of Spies is the real tale of 3 awesome characters – William Fisher, alias Rudolf Abel, a British born KGB agent arrested through the FBI in big apple urban and jailed as a Soviet superspy for attempting to scouse borrow America’s most useful nuclear secrets and techniques; Gary Powers, the yank U-2 pilot who used to be captured whilst his airplane was once shot down whereas flying a reconnaissance venture over the closed towns of vital Russia; and Frederic Pryor, a tender American graduate scholar in Berlin mistakenly pointed out as a undercover agent, arrested and held for free of charge through the Stasi, East Germany’s mystery police. 
 
By weaving the 3 strands of this tale jointly for the 1st time, Giles Whittell masterfully portrays the serious political tensions and nuclear brinkmanship that introduced the us and Soviet Union so just about a scorching battle within the early Sixties. He unearths the dramatic lives of fellows drawn into the nadir of the chilly battle by means of accountability and interest, and the tragicomedy of blunders that finally triggered Khrushchev to ship missiles to Castro. of his subjects — the undercover agent and the pilot — were the unique seekers of guns of mass destruction. The 3rd, an highbrow, fluent in German, unencumbered by means of dependents, and discovering a Ph.D. thesis at the overseas exchange process of the Soviet bloc, looked as if it would the Stasi exactly the type of individual the CIA must have been recruiting. He was once no longer. In over his head on the earth capital of spying, he used to be wrongly charged with espionage and therefore got here to the Agency’s observe through a extra roundabout path. the 3 males have been rescued opposed to daunting odds through destiny and by means of their households, after which all yet forgotten. but they laid naked the pathological distrust that fueled the palms race for the subsequent 30 years.
 
Drawing on new interviews performed within the usa, Europe and Russia with key avid gamers within the alternate and the occasions resulting in it, between them Frederic Pryor himself and the guy who shot down Gary Powers, Bridge of Spies captures a time whilst the destiny of the area relatively did depend upon coded messages on microdots and courageous younger males in strain fits. The trade that frigid day at of the main delicate issues alongside the Iron Curtain represented step one again from the place the superpowers had stood because the construction of the Berlin Wall the former summer time – close to global warfare III.

From the Hardcover edition.

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The British Cross

By Bill Granger

Crown Publishers, 1983, 1st, Very good., fresh, tight, in dirt jacket. deepest blind- stamp on flyleaf. [Fiction, Suspense, Helsinki, Espionage, Defection] Out-of-print and antiquarian booksellers for the reason that 1933. We pack and send with care.

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By Order of the President (Presidential Agent Novels)

By W.E.B. Griffin

Whilst a leased Boeing 727 is violently hijacked from Angola and flown to elements unknown, the President turns to an outsider—Major Carlos Guillermo Castillo—for solutions. A pilot, West element graduate, and veteran of barren region typhoon, Castillo has a pointy eye for the facts—and the reality at the back of them. In Africa, he's helped and hindered by way of unforeseen allies and ruthless enemies, and starts off to untangle a plot of terrible dimensions—a plot that, until Castillo acts fast, will finish very, very badly.

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Devil May Care (The New James Bond Novel )

By Sebastian Faulks

Bond is again. With a vengeance.

Devil may well Care is a masterful continuation of the James Bond legacy–an electrifying new bankruptcy within the lifetime of the main iconic secret agent of literature and movie, written to rejoice the centenary of Ian Fleming’s delivery on may well 28, 1908.

An Algerian drug runner is savagely accomplished within the desolate outskirts of Paris. This doubtless remoted occasion ends up in the remember of Agent 007 from his sabbatical in Rome and his go back to the area of intrigue and hazard the place he's such a lot at domestic. the pinnacle of MI6, M, assigns him to shadow the mysterious Dr. Julius Gorner, a power-crazed pharmaceutical mogul, whose wealth is handed merely via his greed. Gorner has in recent times taken a disquieting curiosity in opiate derivatives, either criminal and unlawful, and this urgently bears taking a look into.

Bond unearths a prepared companion within the form of a glamorous Parisian named Scarlett Papava. he'll want her assist in a life-and-death fight along with his most threatening adversary but, as a sequence of occasions threaten to steer to worldwide disaster. A British airliner is going lacking over Iraq. The thunder of a coming battle echoes within the heart East. And a tide of deadly narcotics threatens to engulf a very good Britain within the throes of the social upheavals of the past due sixties.

Picking up the place Fleming left off, Sebastian Faulks takes Bond again to the peak of the chilly warfare in a narrative of virtually insufferable velocity and pressure. Devil may possibly Care not just captures the very essence of Fleming’s unique novels but additionally indicates Bond dealing with hazards with a robust relevance to our personal occasions.

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Mossad: The Greatest Missions of the Israeli Secret Service

By Nissim Mishal

"This e-book tells what must have been identified and isn't—that Israel's hidden strength is as ambitious as its famous actual strength."
— Israeli President Shimon Peres

For many years, Israel's well known defense arm, the Mossad, has been widely known because the most sensible intelligence provider on this planet. In Mossad, authors Michael Bar-Zohar and Nissim Mishal take us in the back of the closed curtain with riveting, eye-opening, boots-on-the-ground debts of the main risky, most vital missions within the agency's 60-year heritage. those are genuine Mission: Impossible actual tales brimming with high-octane action—from the breathtaking seize of Nazi executioner Adolph Eichmann to the hot removal of key Iranian nuclear scientists. a person who's thinking about the realm of overseas espionage, intelligence, and covert "Black-Ops" war will locate Mossad electrifying reading.

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The Peking Target (Quiller, Book 10)

By Adam Hall

The Quiller sequence makes a speciality of a solitary, hugely able undercover agent (named after Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch) who works (generally by myself) for a central authority bureau that "doesn't exist" and narrates his personal adventures. Quiller (not his genuine identify) occupies a literary center floor among James Bondand John le Carré. he's a talented motive force, pilot, diver, and linguist, yet doesn't hold a gun.

The sequence is particularly stylized, that includes severe depictions of secret agent tradecraft relationships, spectacular leap cuts among chapters, and deep, occasionally self-pitying inside monologues. the 1st of the Quiller novels, The Berlin Memorandum (1965) (retitled The Quiller Memorandum within the US) received an Edgar Award, from the secret Writers of the USA, for most sensible Novel. It used to be filmed in 1966 below its US identify with a screenplay by way of Harold Pinter and starred George Segal and Alec Guinness. It used to be additionally tailored right into a 1975 British tv sequence, that includes Michael Jayston.

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Winter: The Tragic Story of a Berlin Family 1899-1945

By Len Deighton

 In this gripping prelude to the Game, Set, Match trilogy, spies are usually not born--they're made. Winter tells the tale of a Berlin relations divided. brothers, Peter and Paul wintry weather, got here of age through the nice battle; then as Hitler's energy spreads via Germany threatening a brand new period of violence, the brothers are pushed aside via differing morals and goals. Meticulously researched, this allegory of a country at odds with itself paints an excellent portrait of the German zeitgeist in the course of these turbulent years, and gives a strong depiction of the increase of the 3rd Reich.

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Red Joan

By Jennie Rooney

Encouraged by way of the genuine tale of Melita Norwood, an eighty-seven-year previous lady who used to be unmasked because the KGB's longest serving British undercover agent in 1999, pink Joan is a well-researched and in a timely fashion paced historic novel that questions the black-and-white morality of wartime society. Brilliantly established and psychologically acute, this compelling novel presents no effortless solutions, as a substitute providing a kaleidoscope of conflicting offerings and questionable explanations. And as soon as the specialists shut in, is there ever this kind of factor as atonement and forgiveness?

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