Coming in from the Cold

Article by keaton

Spies and geopolitical intrigue make for inherently interesting stories. Novelists from Graham Greene to John Le Carre and beyond have regaled readers for years with heart-pounding tales of espionage. Yet, when it comes to cloak-and-dagger shadowplay, truth is always stranger than fiction. From World War II to the War on Terror, here are a few of the most incredible real-life spy stories on our history shelves right now.


Double Agent: The First Hero of World War II and How the FBI Outwitted and Destroyed a Nazi Spy Ring Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451667950
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Scribner - July 22nd, 2014

The story behind the FBI’s first ever double agent, William Sebold, and his remarkable takedown of a massive German spy ring in the early days of World War II remains the largest such case in American history. DOUBLE AGENT is a simply riveting espionage tale, replete with a colorful cast of international characters, secret codes and sophisticated technology. A fascinating look at a lesser-known yet incredibly important chapter of WWII.

A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal Cover Image
By Ben Macintyre, John le Carre (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9780804136631
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - July 29th, 2014

From acclaimed DOUBLE CROSS author Macintyre comes the infamous true story of the greatest double agent in Cold War history. While head of British counterintelligence with MI6, Philby secretly colluded with the Soviets and greatly hindered Western operations for more than two decades. Even his closest friends and colleagues had no idea of what he was doing behind their backs. This incredible tale of betrayal brings to life one of the towering figures of spy lore.

Good Hunting: An American Spymaster's Story Cover Image
Unavailable from Brazos Bookstore
ISBN: 9780374130329
Availability: Out of Print - Not Available for Order
Published: Sarah Crichton Books - June 3rd, 2014

Charlie Wilson’s War, the death of Pablo Escobar, Iran-Contra--Jack Devine had a hand in it all. Now, looking back over his three decade career with the CIA, he gives an insider’s account of geopolitical espionage history, sets straight myriad misconceptions about the agency, and puts forth his views on how to correct its misuse in our era of global extremism and endless war. Part memoir, part history, part political science--a terrific read.

The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307889751
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - May 20th, 2014

THE GOOD SPY is an intimate portrait of one of the most respected company men in CIA history as well as a revealing exploration of a key turning point in West/Arab relations--the 1983 Beirut bombing of the American embassy. Pulitzer Prize winner Bird charts Ames’ rise through the intelligence ranks, his promising successes in the Middle East, and the infamous attack that killed him and 62 others. Great page-turning nonfiction!

Agent Storm: My Life Inside Al Qaeda and the CIA Cover Image
Unavailable from Brazos Bookstore
ISBN: 9780802123145
Availability: Out of Print - Not Available for Order
Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - August 19th, 2014

AGENT STORM is the thrilling memoir of a contemporary terrorist and double agent spy. Storm, a Dutch man who converted to Islam and joined al-Qaeda, eventually flipped for the CIA, MI6 and Dutch intelligence. His work directly led to the controversial killing of American-born Anwar al-Awlaki. Storm already has a permanent exhibit dedicated to him at the International Spy Museum in Washington DC. Providing unprecedented insights into the culture and structure of both terrorist and intelligence organizations, this memoir is a must-read!

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