By James Risen

A landmark collaboration among a thirty-year veteran of the CIA and a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, The major Enemy is the dramatic inside of tale of the CIA-KGB undercover agent wars, informed during the activities of the boys who fought them.

Based on hundreds of thousands of interviews with operatives from either side, the most Enemy places us contained in the heads of CIA officials as they stay away from surveillance and stroll into violent ambushes in Moscow. this is often the tale of the new release of spies who got here of age within the shadow of the Cuban missile concern and rose during the ranks to run the CIA and KGB within the final days of the chilly struggle. The clandestine operations they masterminded took them from the sewers of Moscow to the again streets of Baghdad, from Cairo and Havana to Prague and Berlin, however the motion facilities on Washington, beginning within the notorious "Year of the Spy"--when, one after the other, the CIA’s brokers in Moscow started to be killed, up via to the final man.

Behind the scenes with the CIA's covert operations in Afghanistan, Milt Bearden led the US to victory within the mystery battle opposed to the Soviets, and for the 1st time he unearths the following what he did and whom the United States subsidized, and why. Bearden was once known as again to Washington after the Soviets withdrew from Afghanistan and used to be made leader of the Soviet/East Euro-pean Division—just in time to witness the autumn of the Berlin Wall, the revolutions that swept throughout jap Europe, and the implosion of the Soviet Union.

Laced with startling revelations--about fail-safe top-secret again channels among the CIA and KGB, double and triple brokers, covert operations in Berlin and Prague, and the fateful autumn of 1989--The major Enemy is background at its action-packed best.

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German dating into turmoil through making it glance as if the bombings have been the paintings of family German terrorist cells—the getting older remnants of the Baader Meinhof gang or the extra sleek and energetic purple military Faction. Varennik’s prior studies at the KGB’s proposed terror crusade had generated an excessive debate in either the operational and the analytical facets of the CIA. a few discounted them as outright fabrication or at a minimal the fabricated from an overactive mind's eye. Others, and that crew integrated invoice Casey, zealously believed the KGB 154 the most ENEMY was once able to such atrocities. Casey and the hard-liners have been confident that the Soviets have been at the back of the assassination try out opposed to Pope John Paul II, so what may cease them from this? the talk used to be infected via the truth that there had lately been terrorist assaults in Germany that had taken 3 American lives. these assaults appeared to healthy the MO defined via Varennik, so Varennik’s reporting captured the eye of the top degrees of Washington readership, together with President Reagan. His disappearance could draw the same point of curiosity. Paul Redmond wasn’t quite drawn to the talk over how evil the “Evil Empire” used to be or wasn’t. He’d go away that to others. His concentration was once down within the trenches, the hand-to-hand wrestle of the secret agent company, no longer the place all of it slot in the grand scheme of items. He simply desired to discover what had occurred to Gennady Varennik, who appeared to have simply fallen down an identical gap that had swallowed up such a lot of of SE Division’s Soviet brokers during the last six months. Redmond’s temper was once foul as he briefed me at the operation. “He got here to us in April this 12 months. That’s important,” Redmond stated. “That was once after Ed Howard left the department and the enterprise . . . or even after Mary Howard left, if you happen to are looking to think Howard used to be nonetheless getting pillow speak stuff from Mary. no matter what occurs, we can’t pin this one on Howard. ” “How’d we get him? ” “He received us. referred to as one in every of our men in Vienna, a person he knew while he was once published there, acknowledged he had to seek advice from him straight away. ” “All this at the cellphone? ” i used to be stunned KGB officer might cross operational at the cellphone in Austria, the place the KGB’s skill to observe CIA actions used to be incredible. “Yeah, i do know. but when health is in hassle, it’s now not due to that cellphone name. besides, after that first touch, we shifted this out of sight immediately. We had Chuck Leven get involved with him in Bonn—safe residence conferences, complete controls. Chuck used to be in Moscow with Burton, he can run a good op. ” “What was once the inducement? ” I requested. “Mixed. acknowledged he was once in hassle with cash. no longer a lot cash, lower than ten grand, however the traditional story—he had to get it again in his funds field at once. New child, difficult time with the fee of dwelling in THE yr OF THE undercover agent a hundred and fifty five Germany. yet he informed Leven he used to be extra drawn to caution us, and perhaps the area, in regards to the wacky plot Moscow and Karlshorst have been hatching to explode ambitions in Germany, kill a few american citizens, and force a wedge among the U.

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