Thursday, July 9, 2015

Book Beginning: The Billion Dollar Spy by David E. Hoffman


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In in the early years of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union, the Central Intelligence Agency harbored an uncomfortable secret about itself. The CIA had never really gained an espionage foothold on the streets of Moscow.

-- The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal by David E. Hoffman

Based on personal interviews and newly-released CIA documents, this Cold War history is as exciting as fiction. Pulitzer-winner David Hoffman tells the story of one of the CIA's most productive agents, operating right at the heart of the Soviet Empire -- Moscow.


  1. Sounds like quite the read! And it's all true!

  2. Sounds interesting and like something that may be still going on today.

  3. There seems to be a lot of Cold War books/tv/movies in the last couple of years. I love that tv show the Americans.

  4. That sounds like a bit of heavy reading me, but I hope you enjoy it! Please check out mine at .

  5. I've always been interested in this time period - sounds great!

  6. Hi Gilion,

    In all honesty, this probably isn't a book for me, although I found the full premise link to be totally absorbing and interesting.

    If we really believe that this kind of activity ceased with the 'End of the Cold War', then we are walking blindfold into the next world disaster, only this one will be much worse - for all of us!

    I hope that you find 'The Billion Dollar Spy' interesting and thanks for hosting BBOF.

    My first lines this week come from a book I am reading for asecond time - 'The House At Riverton' by Kate Morton

    Have a good weekend :)


  7. I usually think nonfiction is more exciting than fiction, just knowing it really happened.

  8. I'm only just getting into reading Non-Fiction after about five years of going nowhere near it, and this sounds very interesting.
    Cora @ Tea Party Princess

  9. That book should be good. I remember the Cold War.

    ENJOY the book and your weekend.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

  10. This sounds fun and a book I think my husband would enjoy too! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Sounds like I may learn a few things from this historical fiction. :)
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straighforward Fiction Book Reviews


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