"A knockout thriller about one of the great yarns in international espionage…" - TOM BROKAW
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.
"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
New York TimesFast-paced and lively, "Best of Enemies" is suitable for the general reader with an interest in Cold War espionage.
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.
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.
Library Journal(Starred review) VERDICT Highly recommended for those who miss the show the Americans and others who immerse themselves in intelligence intrigue.
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.
Publishers WeeklyAn informative and exciting history for the general reader and for the espionage expert alike.
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