The Main Enemy: The Inside Story of the CIA's Final Showdown by James Risen, Milton Bearden

By James Risen, Milton Bearden

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

Based on 1000s of interviews with operatives from either side, the most Enemy places us contained in the heads of CIA officials as they steer clear of surveillance and stroll into violent ambushes in Moscow. this can be the tale of the iteration of spies who got here of age within the shadow of the Cuban missile quandary 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 USA to victory within the mystery struggle opposed to the Soviets, and for the 1st time he unearths right here what he did and whom the United States sponsored, and why. Bearden was once known as again to Washington after the Soviets withdrew from Afghanistan and was once 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 historical past at its action-packed best.

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He tried to stall for time and called for an emergency meeting with his CIA case officer, Dick Reiser. Bokhan hurriedly laid out for Reiser what had happened, and both Athens chief David Forden, who happened to be back in Washington at the time, and Burton Gerber agreed that the sudden interest in Bokhan’s swift return was ominous. Gerber sent word to Athens to tell Bokhan not to go home. The CIA quickly set in motion Bokhan’s emergency exfiltration plan, and a few days later he was in a CIA safe house in the Virginia countryside.

Natalia’s mother had been executed during Stalin’s reign of terror in 1938, and her father had been imprisoned in a Soviet labor camp for years and died shortly after his release in 1955. Eventually, some relatives had emigrated from Russia to Israel, but Tolkachev never told his CIA handlers whether he or his wife was Jewish. All Tolkachev had in life was his wife and son. By the mid-1970s, he had become obsessed with somehow reaching beyond himself and dealing the system a heavy blow. He envied the dissidents who were beginning to challenge the Soviet system.

Paul Stombaugh’s emergency contact signal to Tolkachev—his car, with American diplomatic tags, parked in front of a fruit and vegetable store on Tchaikovsky Street, a Moscow city THE YEAR OF THE SPY 43 street map tossed casually on the dashboard—was spotted by Krassilnikov’s stakeout. Krassilnikov let the CIA request pass without response. Having Tolkachev miss an emergency meeting might sharpen his adversary’s senses, but it wouldn’t be enough to convince the Americans that there had been a serious security breach.

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