The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal (Paperback)
  • The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal (Paperback)
  • The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal (Paperback)
  • The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal (Paperback)
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The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal (Paperback) The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal (Paperback) The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal (Paperback)

The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal (Paperback)

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Our Non-Fiction Book of the Month for August. A thrilling true account of double-agent, Adolf Tolkachev this is a revelatory account of Cold War espionage and a spy prepared to die for his beliefs.

Waterstones Non-Fiction Book of the Month for August 2018

‘An astonishingly detailed picture of espionage in the 1980s, written with pacey journalistic verve and an eerily contemporary feel. Essential reading for anyone who wants to know how the spy mind works.’ Ben Macinytre, The Times

January, 1977.

While the chief of the CIA's Moscow station fills his gas tank, a stranger drops a note into the car. In the years that followed, that stranger, Adolf Tolkachev, became one of the West's most valuable spies. At enormous risk Tolkachev and his handlers conducted clandestine meetings across Moscow, using spy cameras, props, and private codes to elude the KGB in its own backyard - until a shocking betrayal put them all at risk.

Derived from recently declassified intelligence, Pulitzer-winner David E. Hoffman masterfully prises open the heartless chill of the Cold War in The Billion Dollar Spy; a brilliant feat of reporting and a riveting true story.

Hoffman’s real skill is in turning the details of archive research into page-turning prose as compelling as any work of espionage fiction. The book is packed with riveting details about the minutiae of spy-craft alongside insights into the heart-stopping tension of life undercover in 1980’s Moscow. Soon to be a major new film, directed by Amma Asante, Hoffman’s book unlocks the psychology of a secret service operative, giving unprecedented access to the life of the CIA’s greatest Kremlin insider.

Publisher: Icon Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781785783524
Number of pages: 400
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'One of the best spy stories to come out of the Cold War and all the more riveting for being true.' - The Washington Post

'A gripping story of courage, professionalism, and betrayal in the secret world.' - Rodric Braithwaite, British Ambassador in Moscow, 1988-1992

'An astonishingly detailed picture of espionage in the 1980s, written with pacey journalistic verve and an eerily contemporary feel.' - Ben Macintyre, The Times

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Emily at Lancaster King Street

“As Thrilling as a le Carré Novel”

I'm not a big non-fiction reader but this book had me hooked from chapter one, which involves a risky caper on the streets of Moscow involving misdirection, disguises, and cutting-edge technology to evade... More

Emma Prince at Portsmouth

“Reads like a spy novel!”

It’s hard to believe this isn’t fiction, Hoffman’s writing is pacy and compelling, with all of the tropes of a great spy novel yet it chronicles the genuine contributions of a brave, reckless Soviet whose intel saved... More

Paperback edition
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“Worth a read”

An absorbing read. A penetrating true story of intrigue, uncertainty, fear and loneliness depicting a pernicious lifestyle with overtones of tragedy. There are no James Bond figures here and all the better for it...

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