…With a Good Book!
Okay, yes, that was a terrible joke.
But since you know they’re watching you, so you may as well read about them, right?
The Company: A Novel of the CIA
by Robert Littell
A thrilling story of agents imprisoned in double lives, fighting an enemy that was amoral, elusive, formidable from Berlin Base in the 1950s – the front line of the simmering Cold War – to the Soviet invasion of Hungary, the Bay of Pigs, the Afghan war, the Gorbachev putsch and beyond.
3 Days of the Condor
A CIA agent who is on the run from a mass slaughter in his research office suddenly finds himself the target of both his employers and the unknown killers of his associates.
Encyclopedia of Cold War Espionage, Spies and Secret Operations
by Richard C.S Trahair
A-Z entries on everybody who spied on everybody else during the Cold War: France had agents in the U.S., China had agents in East Germany, Poland had agents in Great Britain, and the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. had agents everywhere–in governments, in industry, in the military, and within each other’s, and their own, intelligence agencies.
The Spy Who Came In From the Cold
by John le Carré
After a fellow spy is murdered, an agent is assigned to pretend he is defecting, but soon suspects that the layers of betrayal go far beyond what was originally expected. A George Smiley novel.
1964: three young Mossad agents capture the ‘Surgeon of Birkenau,’ a monstrous Nazi war criminal. While being brought to public trial, the Surgeon manages to escape. Faced with failure in their mission, the agents report their captive committed suicide and return to Israel as national heroes. 1997: more than thirty years later, the supposedly dead Surgeon resurfaces in the Ukraine, determined to confess his crimes. Remade in English in 2011, with the same title.
Washington’s Spies: The Story of America’s First Spy Ring
by Alexander Rose
In the summer of 1778, with the war poised to turn in his favor, General George Washington desperately needed to know where the British would strike next. To that end, he unleashed his secret weapon: an unlikely ring of spies in New York charged with discovering the enemy’s battle plans and military strategy.
For two years during the Civil War, a corps of balloonists led by Thaddeus Lowe spied on the Confederate army. They counted rebel soldiers, detected troop movement, and directed artillery fire against enemy positions, providing valuable intelligence to the Union army even after the balloons became targets of Confederate shooters and saboteurs.
The Spymistress: a Novel
by Jennifer Chiaverini
Based on a true story. Pledging her loyalty to the North at the risk of her life when her native Virginia secedes, Quaker-educated aristocrat Elizabeth Van Lew uses her innate skills for gathering military intelligence to help construct the Richmond underground and orchestrate escapes from the infamous Confederate Libby Prison.
The Dark Game: True Spy Stories from Invisible Ink to CIA Moles
by Paul B Janeczko
Includes the stories of Elizabeth Van Lew (an aristocrat whose hatred of slavery drove her to be one of the most successful spies in the Civil War), the Native Americans called “Choctaw code talkers” (instrumental in sending secret messages during World War I), the staggering engineering behind a Cold War tunnel into East Berlin to tap Soviet phones (only to be compromised by a Soviet mole), and many more.
Operatives, Spies and Saboteurs: The Unknown Story of the Men and Women of World War II’s OSS
by Patrick K. O’Donnell
Deep inside enemy lines, a hidden war of espionage, intrigue, and sabotage played out across the occupied territories of Europe. Supply lines were disrupted, crucial intelligence was obtained and relayed back to the Allies and resistance movements were organized. Sometimes, impromptu combat erupted; more often, the killing was silent and targeted.
The story of how state spies tried to block voting rights for African Americans during the Civil Rights era. Includes first-hand accounts of how neighbors spied on neighbors, teachers spied on students, ministers spied on church-goers, and spies even spied on spies.
Spy Handler: Memoir of a KGB Officer: the True Story of the Man Who Recruited Robert Hanssen and Aldrich Ames
by Victor Cherkashin with Gregory Feifer
Cherkashin’s career in the KGB spanned from Stalin’s death in 1953 to the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. His riveting memoir provides a remarkable insider’s view of the KGB’s prolonged conflict with the United States, from recruitment through his rising career in counterintelligence, to his prime spot as the KGB’s number-two man at the Soviet Embassy in Washington – where he recruited disgruntled CIA officer Aldrich Ames and become his principal handler.
When Eric O’Neill is hand picked to work for the renowned operative Robert Hanssen in “information assurance,” a new division created to protect all classified FBI intelligence, he quickly discovers the true reason for his hire. Hanssen is the sole subject of a long-term, top-secret investigation – a suspected mole made all the more dangerous by the sheer global import of the information he is charged with protecting.