Bridge of Spies: A True Story of the Cold War

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On a cold February day in 1962, 3 men and their respective delegations met on a bridge in Berlin to conduct a spy swap.  A Soviet spy was caught in the United States.  An American pilot of a spy plane mysteriously went down over Russia.  And a young American PhD student was in the wrong place at the wrong time and mistaken for a spy.  In this book Giles Whittell weaves together the stories of these men culminating in the covert exchange that re-patriated these men.  It is a fascinating narrative describing the events and politics of the Cold War.

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The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal

51h754kprblBook #39: Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal, David E. Hoffman

As tensions grew between the United States and the Soviet Union after WW2 and through the Cold War, the CIA played a pivotal role in gathering intelligence about the intentions and capabilities of the Soviet Union.  This is the true story of how one Soviet engineer participated in espionage against the Soviet Union and passed massive amounts of information about Soviet military and radar capabilities that would allow the United States to gain military and air superiority for decades to come.  As a real “Jason Bourne” story It is a fascinating book for anyone interested in Cold War era history.

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Reagan’s Secret War: The Untold Story of His Fight to Save the World from Nuclear Disaster

b002c1yuc4-01-lBook #15: Reagan’s Secret War: The Untold Story of  His Fight to Save the World from Nuclear Disaster, Martin & Annelise Anderson

Reagan inherited a nation with a weak economy, double digit inflation and a deflated national defense.  This book documents the work that Reagan accomplished in nuclear arms deproliferation bolstering our economy, strengthening our national defense and through years of quiet diplomacy.  It is a must read for anyone interested in the role that America played in foreign affairs in the 1980’s.

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