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Best of enemies : the last great spy story of the Cold War, Gus Russo and Eric Dezenhall

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Best of enemies : the last great spy story of the Cold War
Title
Best of enemies
Title remainder
the last great spy story of the Cold War
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Gus Russo and Eric Dezenhall
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eng
Summary
  • "The story of two Cold War spies - CIA agent Jack Platt and KGB agent Genya Vasilenko - and their improbable friendship at a time when they should have been anything but. In 1978, CIA maverick Jack Platt and KGB agent Gennady Vasilenko were new arrivals on the Washington, DC intelligence scene, with Jack working out of the CIA's counterintelligence office and Gennady out of the Soviet Embassy. Both men, already notorious iconoclasts within their respective agencies, were assigned to seduce the other into betraying his country in the urgent final days of the Cold War, but instead the men ended up becoming the best of friends-blood brothers. Theirs is a friendship that never should have happened, and their story is chock full of treachery, darkly comic misunderstandings, bureaucratic inanity, the Russian Mafia, and landmark intelligence breakthroughs of the past half century. In BEST OF ENEMIES, two espionage cowboys reveal how they became key behind-the-scenes players in solving some of the most celebrated spy stories of the twentieth century, including the crucial discovery of the Soviet mole Robert Hanssen, the 2010 Spy Swap which freed Gennady from Soviet imprisonment, and how Robert De Niro played a real-life role in helping Gennady stay alive during his incarceration in Russia after being falsely accused of spying for the Americans. Through their eyes, we see the distinctions between the Russian and American methods of conducting espionage and the painful birth of the new Russia, whose leader, Vladimir Putin, dreams he can roll back to the ideals of the old USSR."--Provided by publisher
  • In 1978 CIA maverick Jack Platt and KGB agent Gennady Vasilenko were new arrivals on the Washington, DC intelligence scene, with Jack working out of the CIA's counterintelligence office and Gennady out of the Soviet Embassy. Both men, already notorious iconoclasts within their respective agencies, were assigned to seduce the other into betraying his country in the urgent final days of the Cold War. Instead the men ended up becoming the best of friends. Russo and take us behind this friendship that never should have happened: a story full of treachery, darkly comic misunderstandings, bureaucratic inanity, the Russian Mafia, and landmark intelligence breakthroughs. -- adapted from publisher info
Biography type
collective biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Russo, Gus
Dewey number
327.1247073092/2
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
UB271.U5
LC item number
R87 2018
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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Dezenhall, Eric
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  • Platt, Jack
  • Vasilenko, Gennady
  • United States
  • Soviet Union
  • United States
  • Soviet Union
  • Spies
  • Spies
  • Spies
  • Espionage
  • Espionage
  • Male friendship
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Best of enemies : the last great spy story of the Cold War, Gus Russo and Eric Dezenhall
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 319-321) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Apprentice spies -- All roads lead to Washington -- Contact -- Musketeers -- The IOC -- The quisling -- Softly, softly, catchee monkey -- Havana takedown -- Sasha -- An old enemy -- A second reunion -- Going public -- A heavy box of caviar -- Calm before the storm -- You don't know me -- The Gulag redux -- Rest: the red button -- End games
Control code
ocn1019841610
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
vi, 342 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781538761311
Lccn
2017056747
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40028645374
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color)
System control number
(OCoLC)1019841610
Label
Best of enemies : the last great spy story of the Cold War, Gus Russo and Eric Dezenhall
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 319-321) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Apprentice spies -- All roads lead to Washington -- Contact -- Musketeers -- The IOC -- The quisling -- Softly, softly, catchee monkey -- Havana takedown -- Sasha -- An old enemy -- A second reunion -- Going public -- A heavy box of caviar -- Calm before the storm -- You don't know me -- The Gulag redux -- Rest: the red button -- End games
Control code
ocn1019841610
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
vi, 342 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781538761311
Lccn
2017056747
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40028645374
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color)
System control number
(OCoLC)1019841610

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