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Tennent H. ("Pete") Bagley served twenty-two years in the CIA, handling spies and defectors in Clandestine Services and rising to chief of Soviet bloc counterintelligence. He is now a writer and researcher based in Brussels, Belgium.


The spying game just goes on and on. Two years ago we read Victor Cherkashin's Spy Handler: Memoir of a KGB Officer, his account (with Gregory Feifer) of how Robert Hanssen and Aldrich Ames were recruited by the Soviets in the final years of the Cold War. Now Bagley, who was himself a CIA counterspy for over two decades and ended his career as CIA head of Soviet-bloc counterintelligence, tells the oft-told-but never completely understood-tale of Yuri Nosenko's 1964 defection to the United States. Bagley provides plenty of details about the Nosenko case, since he was one of the agents to debrief the Soviet defector. The details in this candid account can sometimes be overwhelming, but Bagley tells his story with an authority that can only come from living the life of a spook for years and years. Was Nosenko a true defector or a KGB "plant"? Bagley comes down on the side of the latter opinion, but his story has enough twists and turns that the real truth may never be known. And that is what makes this book especially intriguing. For most collections.-Ed Goedeken, Iowa State Univ. Lib., Ames Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

"'This is perhaps the most amazing non-fiction spy book that has ever appeared during or after the Cold War. There is little doubt that all intelligence historians interested in the past 50 years of espionage games played by the CIA and the KGB will read it as we did - in one take.' Oleg Gordievsky, The Spectator 'Now the CIA case officer who initially handled Nosenko, Tennent H. Bagley, has written his own account. And it is a stunner. It's impossible to read this book without developing doubts about Nosenko's bona fides' David Ignatius, Washington Post"

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