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The billion dollar spy: a true story of Cold War espionage and betrayal

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"While getting into his car on the evening of February 16, 1978, the chief of the CIA's Moscow station was handed an envelope by an unknown Russian. Its contents stunned the Americans: details of top-secret Soviet research and development in military technology that was totally unknown to the United States. From 1979 to 1985, Adolf Tolkachev, an engineer at a military research center, cracked open the secret Soviet military research establishment, using his access to hand over tens of thousands of pages of material about the latest advances in aviation technology, alerting the Americans to possible developments years in the future. He was one of the most productive and valuable spies ever to work for the United States in the four decades of global confrontation with the Soviet Union. Tolkachev took enormous personal risks, but so did his CIA handlers. Moscow station was a dangerous posting to the KGB's backyard. The CIA had long struggled to recruit and run agents in Moscow, and Tolkachev became a singular breakthrough. With hidden cameras and secret codes, and in face-to-face meetings with CIA case officers in parks and on street corners, Tolkachev and the CIA worked to elude the feared KGB. Drawing on previously secret documents obtained from the CIA, as well as interviews with participants, Hoffman reveals how the depredations of the Soviet state motivated one man to master the craft of spying against his own nation until he was betrayed to the KGB by a disgruntled former CIA trainee. No one has ever told this story before in such detail, and Hoffman's deep knowledge of spycraft, the Cold War, and military technology makes him uniquely qualified to bring readers this real-life espionage thriller"--Provided by publisher.
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subject_facet Aeronautics -- Research -- Soviet Union -- History
Cold War
Engineers -- Soviet Union -- Biography
Espionage, American -- Soviet Union -- History
Soviet Union -- Foreign relations -- United States
Spies -- Russia (Federation) -- Moscow -- Biography
Spies -- United States -- Biography
Tolkachev, Adolf, -- 1927-1986
United States -- Foreign relations -- Soviet Union
United States. -- Central Intelligence Agency -- History -- 20th century
title_display The billion dollar spy : a true story of Cold War espionage and betrayal
title_full 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 / David E. Hoffman
title_short The billion dollar spy :
title_sub a true story of Cold War espionage and betrayal
topic_facet Aeronautics
Cold War
Engineers
Espionage, American
Foreign relations
History
Nonfiction
Politics
Research
Spies
Tolkachev, Adolf
True Crime