The Billion Dollar Spy (book)

The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal is a non-fiction history book by David E. Hoffman.

The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal
The Billion Dollar Spy (book).jpg
AuthorDavid E. Hoffman
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreHistory, espionage
PublisherDoubleday
Publication date
2015
Media typePrint (hardcover and paperback)
PagesJuly 7, 2015 pp (first edition)
ISBN978-0-385-53760-5

SynopsisEdit

The book covers the life of Russian engineer Adolf Tolkachev, nicknamed the "Billion Dollar Spy", who was executed by the Soviet Union after being caught passing information on classified radar technology to CIA agents.

ReviewsEdit

The book received mostly positive reviews.[1][2] Lawrence D. Freedman, writing for Foreign Affairs, described it as a "must-read" and praised it for "[describing] in such detail what it meant to run American agents in Cold War–era Moscow".[3] Bob Drogan of the LA Times said that "To his credit, Hoffman describes the drab reality of most espionage work: long waits, endless paperwork, bumbling bureaucracy and often shoddy equipment."[4] Kirkus Reviews described it as "an intricate, mesmerizing portrayal of the KGB-CIA spy culture".[5]

AdaptationEdit

A thriller movie based on the book was announced in 2021 starring Mads Mikkelsen.[6]

ReferencesEdit