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The Widow Spy

Author : Martha Denny Peterson
ISBN : 0983878129
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Marti Peterson spent her thirty-year career in the Central Intelligence Agency as an operations officer, earning both the prestigious Donovan Award and the George W. Bush Award for Excellence in Counterterrorism. She began professional service on the CIA's front line in Moscow, USSR, during the Cold War. Her contribution to her country originated in Pakse, Laos, during the Vietnam War, where she accompanied her husband , John, a CIA Paramilitary officer. After he was killed in a helicopter crash in 1972, Marti returned to the U.S. and entered the CIA. The story told here appears in many books about spying acitivies in the Cold War, but in the Widow Spy, she tells it as she experienced it.

Black Widow Spy Der

Author : Friedrich O. Georg
ISBN : 9781456758554
Genre : Fiction
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When writing a historical novel which reaches into the future, it is important to select a setting the reader can associate with and achieves a sense of reality. Now, is it possible for the United States of America following in the steps of decline as seen by other great Nations? One can ask how it could possibly happen here as well. Could a case be made even in our own history that the steps toward grandeur or decline are never far apart in reality? Pessimists express the fear we are in the final stages of the ‘American Century’ and we may be close to such a self inflicted end – if it came, it would have to be self inflicted. Much of our American history is the extended history of western civilizations. Yes, we can imagine ancient grandeurs of the Chinese Dynasties, India, Japan, Central America, Egypt or even some mystical societies in the deepest of Africa, yet our current cultural world was formed in little more than the past two thousand years. The most dramatic ones were roughly the last two hundred years. Once power shifted from Greece and the Roman Empire, World history was driven by Western Europe and the spread of Christianity. During the dark ages Islam emerged and reached its zenith during the Middle Ages, only to regress back to what many claim its founding ages. Islam must receive credit for much of the Greek and Indian derived knowledge it preserved for posterity, but we must also recognize it failed to build on this knowledge and it destroyed much of what it could not assimilate. Much bloody conquest was also undertaken in the name of Christianity and shall always be a reminder of where we have been. For roughly three centuries Europe suffered through untold hardships of Nationality driven wars and collectively committed unspeakable human disasters. Slavery existed through most of the recorded history and was ended in western societies less than two hundred years ago, while in some regions of the world it seems to be an accepted practice still even today. While in the earlier history of Nation or Tribal formation wars were total and aimed to destroy an adversary and taking survivors into bondage, the inhumanity of ‘man toward man’ reached their lowest points during the past century with the deliberate destruction of untold human beings. The Soviet Union’s revolution and the deliberate mass starvation of the Ukraine and the multi-million killings in Mao’s Cultural Revolution in China stand out. Yet the bottom was reached in cold blooded mass exterminations in Germany of Germans with a different Faith and this happened but years after Germany was perceived to be the most civilized of Nations. Yet during these three centuries of European strive, Western Europeans pioneers were the first to permanently colonize the North American Continent. In the drive toward establishing permanent settlements, the actions toward natives and the importation of the enslaved followed along the pattern established in the ‘Old World’, but in the time during this strive the concept of equality and freedom arose. The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States of America and the Bill of Rights ushered in a ‘New World’ of Freedom unknown before. The achievement of these ideals was not instantaneously but evolved over time and in the face of often strenuous opposition. During now it’s well over two hundred year existence this great democracy was the beacon to untold millions rushing to its shore to build new lives in freedom and toward prosperity, while at times some also came to destroy this very same concept. This Nation demonstrated its stability through wars, famine, disasters, internal strife and direct terrorist attacks of unspeakable magnitude, but in its democratic principles never wavered. With no reasonable external thread that would cede the survivability of the adversary, is the vision bequeathed to us by our Founding Fathers strong enough to handle internal strives as well to ensure survival of their vision? This Nation was born in Revolution, survived its Civil War, the Great Depression, the 9/11 Terror attack, but could it lose its Freedom in a silent revolution through the overthrow of its elected Government? The danger is never far away and could come from least expected corners; as we shall read.

The Black Widow

Author : Daniel Silva
ISBN : 9780007552375
Genre : Fiction
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No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva delivers another stunning thriller in his latest action-packed tale of high stakes international intrigue featuring the inimitable Gabriel Allon.

The Good Spy

Author : Kai Bird
ISBN : 9780307889775
Genre : Political Science
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The Good Spy is Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Kai Bird’s compelling portrait of the remarkable life and death of one of the most important operatives in CIA history – a man who, had he lived, might have helped heal the rift between Arabs and the West. On April 18, 1983, a bomb exploded outside the American Embassy in Beirut, killing 63 people. The attack was a geopolitical turning point. It marked the beginning of Hezbollah as a political force, but even more important, it eliminated America’s most influential and effective intelligence officer in the Middle East – CIA operative Robert Ames. What set Ames apart from his peers was his extraordinary ability to form deep, meaningful connections with key Arab intelligence figures. Some operatives relied on threats and subterfuge, but Ames worked by building friendships and emphasizing shared values – never more notably than with Yasir Arafat’s charismatic intelligence chief and heir apparent Ali Hassan Salameh (aka “The Red Prince”). Ames’ deepening relationship with Salameh held the potential for a lasting peace. Within a few years, though, both men were killed by assassins, and America’s relations with the Arab world began heading down a path that culminated in 9/11, the War on Terror, and the current fog of mistrust. Bird, who as a child lived in the Beirut Embassy and knew Ames as a neighbor when he was twelve years old, spent years researching The Good Spy. Not only does the book draw on hours of interviews with Ames’ widow, and quotes from hundreds of Ames’ private letters, it’s woven from interviews with scores of current and former American, Israeli, and Palestinian intelligence officers as well as other players in the Middle East “Great Game.” What emerges is a masterpiece-level narrative of the making of a CIA officer, a uniquely insightful history of twentieth-century conflict in the Middle East, and an absorbing hour-by-hour account of the Beirut Embassy bombing. Even more impressive, Bird draws on his reporter’s skills to deliver a full dossier on the bombers and expose the shocking truth of where the attack’s mastermind resides today.

The Widow

Author : Fiona Barton
ISBN : 9781473526860
Genre : Fiction
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THE SUNDAY TIMES AND NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER, AND RICHARD & JUDY BOOK CLUB PICK 'If you liked GONE GIRL and THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, you might want to pick up THE WIDOW by Fiona Barton. Engrossing. Suspenseful' Stephen King We've all seen him: the man - the monster - staring from the front page of every newspaper, accused of a terrible crime. But what about her: the woman who grips his arm on the courtroom stairs – the wife who stands by him? Jean Taylor’s life was blissfully ordinary. Nice house, nice husband. Glen was all she’d ever wanted: her Prince Charming. Until he became that man accused, that monster on the front page. Jean was married to a man everyone thought capable of unimaginable evil. But now Glen is dead and she’s alone for the first time, free to tell her story on her own terms. Jean Taylor is going to tell us what she knows. Du Maurier's REBECCA meets WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN and GONE GIRL in this intimate tale of a terrible crime. 'The ultimate psychological thriller' Lisa Gardner

Good Hunting

Author : Jack Devine
ISBN : 9781429944175
Genre : Political Science
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"A sophisticated, deeply informed account of real life in the real CIA that adds immeasurably to the public understanding of the espionage culture—the good and the bad." —Bob Woodward Jack Devine ran Charlie Wilson's War in Afghanistan. It was the largest covert action of the Cold War, and it was Devine who put the brand-new Stinger missile into the hands of the mujahideen during their war with the Soviets, paving the way to a decisive victory against the Russians. He also pushed the CIA's effort to run down the narcotics trafficker Pablo Escobar in Colombia. He tried to warn the director of central intelligence, George Tenet, that there was a bullet coming from Iraq with his name on it. He was in Chile when Allende fell, and he had too much to do with Iran-Contra for his own taste, though he tried to stop it. And he tangled with Rick Ames, the KGB spy inside the CIA, and hunted Robert Hanssen, the mole in the FBI. Good Hunting: An American Spymaster's Story is the spellbinding memoir of Devine's time in the Central Intelligence Agency, where he served for more than thirty years, rising to become the acting deputy director of operations, responsible for all of the CIA's spying operations. This is a story of intrigue and high-stakes maneuvering, all the more gripping when the fate of our geopolitical order hangs in the balance. But this book also sounds a warning to our nation's decision makers: covert operations, not costly and devastating full-scale interventions, are the best safeguard of America's interests worldwide. Part memoir, part historical redress, Good Hunting debunks outright some of the myths surrounding the Agency and cautions against its misuses. Beneath the exotic allure—living abroad with his wife and six children, running operations in seven countries, and serving successive presidents from Nixon to Clinton—this is a realist, gimlet-eyed account of the Agency. Now, as Devine sees it, the CIA is trapped within a larger bureaucracy, losing swaths of turf to the military, and, most ominous of all, is becoming overly weighted toward paramilitary operations after a decade of war. Its capacity to do what it does best—spying and covert action—has been seriously degraded. Good Hunting sheds light on some of the CIA's deepest secrets and spans an illustrious tenure—and never before has an acting deputy director of operations come forth with such an account. With the historical acumen of Steve Coll's Ghost Wars and gripping scenarios that evoke the novels of John le Carré even as they hew closely to the facts on the ground, Devine offers a master class in spycraft.

The Billion Dollar Spy

Author : David E. Hoffman
ISBN : 9780385537612
Genre : History
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From the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning history The Dead Hand comes the riveting story of a spy who cracked open the Soviet military research establishment and a penetrating portrait of the CIA’s Moscow station, an outpost of daring espionage in the last years of the Cold War While driving out of the American embassy in Moscow on the evening of February 16, 1978, the chief of the CIA’s Moscow station heard a knock on his car window. A man on the curb handed him an envelope whose contents stunned U.S. intelligence: details of top-secret Soviet research and developments in military technology that were totally unknown to the United States. In the years that followed, the man, Adolf Tolkachev, an engineer in a Soviet military design bureau, used his high-level access to hand over tens of thousands of pages of technical secrets. His revelations allowed America to reshape its weapons systems to defeat Soviet radar on the ground and in the air, giving the United States near total superiority in the skies over Europe. One of the most valuable spies to work for the United States in the four decades of global confrontation with the Soviet Union, Tolkachev took enormous personal risks—but so did the Americans. The CIA had long struggled to recruit and run agents in Moscow, and Tolkachev was a singular breakthrough. Using spy cameras and secret codes as well as face-to-face meetings in parks and on street corners, Tolkachev and his handlers succeeded for years in eluding the feared KGB in its own backyard, until the day came when a shocking betrayal put them all at risk. Drawing on previously secret documents obtained from the CIA and on interviews with participants, David Hoffman has created an unprecedented and poignant portrait of Tolkachev, a man motivated by the depredations of the Soviet state to master the craft of spying against his own country. Stirring, unpredictable, and at times unbearably tense, The Billion Dollar Spy is a brilliant feat of reporting that unfolds like an espionage thriller.

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