Comrade J

  • by Pete Earley
  • Narrated by Michael Prichard
  • 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Spymaster, defector, double agent....Here is the remarkable true story of the man who ran Russia's post-cold-war spy program in America.In 1991 the Soviet Union collapsed, the cold war ended, and a new world order began. We thought everything had changed. But one thing never changed: the spies.From 1995 to 2000, a man known as "Comrade J" was the highest-ranking operative in the SVR - the successor agency to the KGB - in the United States. He directed all Russian spy action in New York City and personally oversaw every covert operation against the United States and its allies in the United Nations. He recruited spies, planted agents, penetrated security, manipulated intelligence, and influenced American policy - all under the direct leadership of Boris Yeltsin and then Vladimir Putin. He was a legend in the SVR, the man who kept the secrets.Then, in 2000, he defected - and it turned out he had one more secret. For the previous two years, he had also been a double agent for the FBI.He has never granted a public interview. The FBI and CIA have refused to answer all media questions about him. He has remained in hiding. He has never revealed his secrets. Until now.Comrade J, written by the best-selling author of Family of Spies and The Hot House, is his story, a direct account of what he did in the United States after we all assumed the spying was over - and of what Putin and Russia continue to do today. The revelations are stunning. It is also the story of growing up in a family of agents dating back to the revolution; of how Russia molded him into one of its most high-flying operatives; of the day-to-day perils of living a double, then triple, life; and finally, of how his growing disquiet with the corruption and ambitions of the "new Russia" led him to take the most perilous step of all.Many spies have told their stories. None has the astonishing immediacy, relevance, and cautionary warnings of Comrade J.


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Very enjoyable worth buying

This is the first book I?ve ever brought in this genre as I have a keen interest in Russia and all that?s Russian. I feel I learnt a lot from this book about how easy it could be for a foreign spy to get you into a situation where it would be easy to black mail you, even if at no time had you planned to give or sell them any secrets. Also I feel I have learnt a lot not only about surveillance and counter surveillance, but espionage and counter espionage. A very enjoyable book and one I may consider getting in paperback format as well, as a few useful phrases if you?re a student of the Russian language. A very good book well worth the money
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- Anastasia Nahtepa

Great book

Very informative, well read, a must for anyone who has interest in the Former Soviet Union, and present day russia.
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- Hefin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 18-02-2008
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio