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By John Limond Hart

During the chilly battle a few high-ranking Soviet electorate spied for the CIA, delivering the U.S. with beneficial info whereas placing themselves and their households in nice possibility. during this booklet a pro CIA box operator and station leader seems to be at what drove those brokers to betray their very own state. not like many authors who write approximately spies, John Hart understands the espionage career first-hand, and his penetrating research of the motivations concerned relies on top-secret operational documents. 4 significant Soviet brokers - Yuri Nosenko, the dissident KGB agent who disclosed the insects within the American Embassy in Moscow and claimed the KGB had no connection to the assassination of President Kennedy; Oleg Penkovsky, one of many West's most vital brokers who used to be finally performed by way of the Soviets; and Pyotr Popov and Mikhail - are tested extensive, and the circumstances of six others are mentioned. The tales of every display very much in regards to the realities of the intelligence craft. Hart grew to become so intrigued with the explanations in the back of the brokers' spying actions that he requested then-CIA director Richard Helms for break day to enquire the circumstances. For a whole yr he looked for universal denominators within the personalities of those Soviet moles that may clarify their willingness to take such life-threatening dangers. He had entire entry to their operational records, together with mental profiles. He studied not just documentation of the fabric the brokers supplied but in addition their very own bills in their suggestions and feelings after they divulged secrets and techniques that may harm their place of birth. This behind-the-headlines examine what makes spies tick is aimed toward each reader with a penchant for reliable secret agent stories.

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