Gus Russo and Eric Dezenhall - Best of Enemies: The Last Great Spy Story of the Cold War

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Russo and Dezenhall’s suspenseful book has all the trappings of a classic Cold War spy saga. Set in Washington in 1978, it starts with top agents from the CIA and KGB working to cultivate each other as informants. But rather than following a plot of betrayal and treason, the story of Jack Platt and Gennady Vasilenko turned into the tale of an unlikely friendship. The first to tell this unusual story in full, Russo and Dezenhall, journalists and the author of Supermob and Glass Jaw, respectively, give fascinating accounts of the differences between Soviet and American spying, present some of the era’s celebrated espionage cases from Platt’s and Vasilenko’s perspectives, and recount fascinating stories-within-the story, such as Robert De Niro’s real-life role in aiding Vasilenko after the agent was imprisoned in the Soviet Union—on charges of spying for the U.S.


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Non Fiction
Best of Enemies: The Last Great Spy Story of the Cold War By Eric Dezenhall, Gus Russo Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538761311
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Twelve - October 2nd, 2018

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