The Billion Dollar Spy

The Billion Dollar Spy

A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal

eBook - 2015
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"While getting into his car on the evening of February 16, 1978, the chief of the CIA's Moscow station was handed an envelope by an unknown Russian. Its contents stunned the Americans: details of top-secret Soviet research and development in military technology that was totally unknown to the United States. From 1979 to 1985, Adolf Tolkachev, an engineer at a military research center, cracked open the secret Soviet military research establishment, using his access to hand over tens of thousands of pages of material about the latest advances in aviation technology, alerting the Americans to possible developments years in the future. He was one of the most productive and valuable spies ever 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 his CIA handlers. Moscow station was a dangerous posting to the KGB's backyard. The CIA had long struggled to recruit and run agents in Moscow, and Tolkachev became a singular breakthrough. With hidden cameras and secret codes, and in face-to-face meetings with CIA case officers in parks and on street corners, Tolkachev and the CIA worked to elude the feared KGB. Drawing on previously secret documents obtained from the CIA, as well as interviews with participants, Hoffman reveals how the depredations of the Soviet state motivated one man to master the craft of spying against his own nation until he was betrayed to the KGB by a disgruntled former CIA trainee. No one has ever told this story before in such detail, and Hoffman's deep knowledge of spycraft, the Cold War, and military technology makes him uniquely qualified to bring readers this real-life espionage thriller"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2015.
Characteristics: text file
1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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yehafr
Aug 13, 2016

Fascinating to read about
"a dissident at heart" in "The Billion Dollar Spy" back in the '70's-'80's , how much of what is covered in news reports about Russia today is leading to the same discontent ?

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mammothhawk229e
Mar 10, 2016

Wow, I never knew CIA had James bond gadgets like predated Blackberry or I-phone. Very telling spy's list included western music & goods mainly for his son. Big nugget if Russia was just starting to think about countering stealth theory. Heartbreaking on what happened to his wife.

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infinityg37
Oct 31, 2015

fascinating account of spy craft

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SEBoiko
Oct 09, 2015

Betrayal from within!

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bette108
Sep 23, 2015

Well researched and easy to read, as well as a look into the workings of US clandestine operations in Moscow with one high-performing Russian turncoat.

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beccajoyconnell
Sep 07, 2015

An a amazing spy story and a testament to the importance of intelligence. I will need to read more of David E. Hoffman.

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yehafr
Aug 13, 2016

"Then he asked Tolkachev the question that nagged at them all: What was his motive for taking such a big risk?
Tolkachev replied, hesitantly, that it was complex question, one that would require a lot of time to discuss.
Guilsher prodded "Why"
Tolkachev responded only that he was " a dissident at heart"

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SEBoiko
Oct 09, 2015

When you're black, you're black.

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SEBoiko
Oct 09, 2015

The Soviet authorities had long feared copiers.

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SEBoiko
Oct 09, 2015

Espionage required going out on a limb.

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SEBoiko
Oct 09, 2015

Espionage is the art of illusion.

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