The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal

The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal

by David E. Hoffman


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ISBN-13: 9780345805973
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/10/2016
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 75,568
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

David E. Hoffman is a contributing editor at The Washington Post and a correspondent for PBS’s flagship investigative series, Frontline. He is the author of The Oligarchs and of The Dead Hand, about the end of the Cold War arms race, and winner of a Pulitzer Prize. He lives with his wife in Maryland.

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Table of Contents

Map xiv

Prologue 1

1 Out of the Wilderness 5

2 Moscow Station 26

3 A Man Called Sphere 37

4 "Finally I Have Reached You" 50

5 "A Dissident at Heart" 66

6 Six Figures 76

7 Spy Camera 85

8 Windfalls and Hazards 94

9 The Billion Dollar Spy 115

10 Flight of Utopia 122

11 Going Black 138

12 Devices and Desires 148

13 Tormented by the Past 162

14 "Everything Is Dangerous" 178

15 Not Caught Alive 198

18 Seeds of Betrayal 208

17 Vanquish 217

18 Selling Out 226

19 Without Warning 230

20 On the Run 240

21 "For Freedom" 246

Epilogue 249

A Note on the Intelligence 259

Acknowledgments 263

Notes 267

Index 299

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The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. Having lived through that time period, it is very interesting to hear some of the travails our government went through to keep all of us safe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once i started I didnt want to put it down. It gives an insider look that is more complex n personal.
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Anonymous 22 days ago
Enjoyed very much. So much unknown things go on in the espionage world. Do not understand why smart intelligent USA people become traitors because of ideology. EJC
Anonymous 10 months ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fascinating description of real spy case, and betrayal of the Russian spy by an American traitor. .
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This was an entertaining read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Strategic & vital military information from a confirmed Soviet spy, well written and thoroughly researched. I'm reading again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this true story. Reads like a novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great content and potential but not that great of a read. The Billion Dollar Spy has content which is very repetitive with a few minor variations. The book never gets out of second gear which is a real shame. The book reads more fiction than non-fiction. I never could really connect with the The Billion Dollar Spy main characters. I also think the author could spend more time discussing how / what was utilized from the spy's intel for the U.S. It's not a bad book, but it could be so much more. I recommend "The Good Spy" by Kai Bird for an exceptional non-fiction CIA / Espionage thriller. I recommend "Red Notice" by Bill Browder for an exceptional non-fiction thriller based in Russia.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is epic!!!! It's the best book i've read so far. BBE- BEST BOOK EVER !!!!!!!! ;-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! A real page turner. One of those books that when you reach the end you want to re-read it immediately.
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Great read, had a hard time putting it down.
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valindaba More than 1 year ago
Mr. Hoffman has written a masterful book! It is absolutely mandatory reading for anyone interested in the CIA and denied country espionage. This is literally an operational manual of tradecraft and the work involved in espionage activity. It is a tribute to the work being done by our dedicated professionals in the CIA. Judging from the notes section, Mr. Hoffman has put together a chillingly tense story detailing the activities of Mr. Tolkachev and the importance of the material he provided to the CIA. It was amazing to see the access that Mr. Hoffman had and the fact that there was no review of his manuscript by the CIA.
mr_mac24 More than 1 year ago
It was an exceptional read, I just could not put it down. I read an excerpt from NPR and I knew that I had to buy it when it came out. Sadly, when I went to the store the afternoon of its debut the clerks did not even bother to put it out! I was extremely upset so I ordered it on-line. It was a shame they did not put it out, was one of the better books that I read this summer. It read like a thriller which is what I liked about it most. It did a great job of detailing the risks taken by Tolkachev and his agents. Although it only dedicated approximately two chapters to it, it also did a nice job of setting up the milieu of the USSR: the fear, the scarcity of good, everything. Now I find myself wanting to go back and read more about this era.
joaninoregon More than 1 year ago
Absolutely excellent! Reads like a thriller. I feel so bad for Adolf - we really let him down. Great job David Hoffman!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is related to the movie Million Dollar Aem.
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I dont like the book because i cant read it. Other than that it's a good book ( because of the cover)