Much of what many of us learned in school about the struggle between the U.S. and USSR was very, very wrong.
Ex-FBI agent Bill Harvey was nothing like his Ivy League colleagues in the CIA. He didn’t even own a trenchcoat. But he knew a spy when he saw one, even when no one else did.
The generation now quaintly known as “boomers” had grown up thinking the planet might soon be blown to hell. Now that threat was over. Or was it?
When the Trump administration pulled out of the INF treaty, it blamed Russia for “cheating.” But Moscow had good reason to worry, too. Now 32 years of arms control are kaput.
During the same summer that he wrote “The Amiable Fleas,” now published in English for the first time, the American author also appears to have been gathering intel for the Agency.
Bill Gentile was a young freelancer risking everything to report on the revolutions. Here he begins the story of what he discovered about war, journalism, and himself.
Even as Ethel Rosenberg was strapped into the electric chair for spying for Moscow in 1953, decrypted cables might have spared her. But they were released only decades later.