Russians Among Us

Sleeper Cells, Ghost Stories, and the Hunt for Putin's Spies

by Gordon Corera

On Sale: 02/18/2020

Russians Among Us

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Russians Among Us

Sleeper Cells, Ghost Stories, and the Hunt for Putin's Spies

by Gordon Corera

On Sale: 02/18/2020


About the Book

The urgent story of Russia’s espionage efforts against the United States and the West from the end of the Cold War to the present from a seasoned BBC journalist specializing in defense and intelligence issues.

The full, explosive story for the first time:

  • Putin’s espionage campaign against the West, how it intensified in the last decade and how the warning signs were missed  
  • The Russian ‘deep cover’ spies who penetrated the US and the years-long FBI hunt to track and capture them 
  • The recruitment, running, and escape of one of the most important spies of modern times, a man who worked inside the heart of Russian intelligence
  • The evolution of Russian espionage against the West including its use of ‘cyber illegals’ who continue to manipulate us today and pose a significant threat to the 2020 election
  • And much more

Like a scene from a John le Carre novel or the TV drama The Americans, in the summer of 2010 a group of Russian deep cover sleeper agents were arrested. It was the culmination of a decade-long investigation, and ten people, including Anna Chapman, were swapped for four people held in Russia. At the time it was seen simply as a throwback to the Cold War. But that would prove to be a costly mistake. It was a sign that the Russian threat had never gone away and more importantly, it was shifting into a much more disruptive new phase. Today, the danger is clearer than ever following the poisoning in the UK of one of the spies who was swapped, Sergei Skripal, and the growing evidence of Russian interference in American life.

Russians Among Us describes for the first time the story of deep cover spies in America and the FBI agents who tracked them. In intimate and riveting detail, it reveals new information about today’s spies—as well as those trying to catch them and those trying to kill them.

Russians Among Us includes 45 photos.

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Critical Praise

“No Frederick Forsyth thriller could be as gripping as this real-life story.” - Daily Mail (UK) on Operation Columba

“[An] extraordinary, colourful and moving story… [A] thrilling tale.” - Sunday Times (London) on Operation Columba

“Corera is to be congratulated for bringing to light, with humour and verve, a virtually unknown chapter of the war.” - Daily Telegraph (London) on Operation Columba

“[An] amazing story of the secret pigeon service and how it helped to win the war. Well-researched and well-told, as much about humans as pigeons, it is replete with eccentric Englishmen, ruthless Nazis, and brave resisters in occupied Europe who risk their lives for the Allied cause.” - Nicholas Reynolds, author of Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy on Operation Columba

 “A wide-ranging, thought-provoking, and highly readable history of Britain’s postwar Secret Intelligence Service, popularly known as MI6.” - The Wall Street Journal on The Art of Betrayal

“The best post-1949 account of British intelligence I have ever read. This is as good as it gets.”  - The Spectator (UK) on The Art of Betrayal

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062889416
  • ISBN 10: 0062889419
  • Imprint: William Morrow
  • On Sale: 02/18/2020
  • Pages: 448
  • List Price:40.50 CAD
  • BISAC1 : POLITICAL SCIENCE / Intelligence & Espionage
  • BISAC2 : HISTORY / United States / 21st Century
  • BISAC3 : TRUE CRIME / Espionage

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