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About the Authors

GUS RUSSO is an author, musician, composer, and television documentary producer/reporter, having contributed to television specials for ABC, CBS, NBC, and PBS, in addition to networks in Germany, France, UK, Mexico, and Japan. His books include Supermob, The Outfit, Brothers in Arms (with Stephen Molton), and Where Were You (with Tom Brokaw and Harry Moses). Best of Enemies is his ninth book. His film scores include Basket Case and Brain Damage. He is on the Advisory Council of the International Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement in Las Vegas. A former tennis instructor in Honolulu, Gus considers it his calling to improve the connotation of the word "dilettante." He currently resides in the Orion Arm of the Milky Way Galaxy (the Gould Belt, specifically).

ERIC DEZENHALL is the CEO of Dezenhall Resources, Ltd., a crisis management and public affairs firm. He is the author of ten books, including three nonfiction texts on scandal and crisis management, including Damage Control and Glass Jaw: A Manifesto for Defending Fragile Reputations in an Age of Instant Scandal. Eric is also the author of six novels, including Money Wanders and The Devil Himself. As an investigative journalist, Eric was the first to write about the diaries of the late mobster Meyer Lansky, which appeared in the Baltimore Sun and The New Republic. Eric was the valedictorian of the bottom half of his class at Dartmouth, an achievement for which he was widely resented. His books have appeared in libraries and bookstores adjacent to those by Darwin, DeLillo, Dickens, Didion, Doctorow, and Dos Passos. In his spare time, he makes up words such as "nostralgia" (having fond memories of one's nostrils) and "handsomniac" (being so handsome you can't sleep). He lives near Washington, DC, with his family and a herd of alpacas.

Appearances

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November
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About the Book


The thrilling true story of two Cold War spies, CIA case officer Jack Platt and KGB agent Gennady Vasilenko–improbable friends 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.

PRAISE FOR BEST OF ENEMIES


"A COMPELLING COLD WAR FABLE THAT ILLUMINATES THE ESSENCE OF A HUMAN RECRUITMENT OPERATION…"- Jason Matthews, New York Times bestselling author of The Red Sparrow spy novels

"A MUST READ"- Ian Bremmer, author of The J Curve

"A KNOCKOUT THRILLER"- Tom Brokaw

"GUNS, GIRLS, AND GULAGS"- Richard Ben-Veniste, Watergate Special Prosecutor

"IF JOHN LE CARRÉ WROTE NONFICTION AND WAS A GREAT REPORTER, BEST OF ENEMIES WOULD BE THE RESULT."- Laurence Leamer, author of The Kennedy Women

"RIVETING SPY THRILLER AND LOVE STORY"- Norman Ornstein, American Enterprise Institute

"THIS BOOK IS CRUCIAL"- James Grady, New York Times bestselling author of Six Days of the Condor

"ROLLICKING COLD WAR THRILLER"- Philip Shenon, New York Times bestselling author

"DESTINED TO BECOME A COLD WAR CLASSIC"- John Douglas & Mark Olshaker, New York Times bestselling authors of Mindhunter and Law & Disorder


Reviews

16
November
2018

New York TimesFast-paced and lively, "Best of Enemies" is suitable for the general reader with an interest in Cold War espionage.

15
November
2018

Washington Times"Best of Enemies"…a truly remarkable account of one such bonding, with an outcome of international significance — a highly readable work that is headed for Hollywood.

2
October
2018

Cipher BriefBest of Enemies has all the elements that Hollywood loves…It's rich in detail that espionage aficionados will enjoy and awards it four trench coats. We highly recommend it.

15
September
2018

Library Journal(Starred review) VERDICT Highly recommended for those who miss the show the Americans and others who immerse themselves in intelligence intrigue.

29
September
2018

New York PostBest of Enemies delves into the improbable and true story of the friendship between CIA officer, Jack Platt and KGB Agent, Gennady Vasilenko who were assigned to turn each other and instead became best friends for life.

27
August
2018

Publishers WeeklyAn informative and exciting history for the general reader and for the espionage expert alike.

13
August
2018

KIRKUSA rollicking tale of Cold War espionage… Russo and Dezenhall aptly capture this complex narrative, based on its protagonists' long-classified recollections… An unusual, entertaining story of steadfast friendship amid governmental treachery.

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