A riveting true-life thriller and revealing memoir from the daughter of an American intelligence officer - the astonishing true story of two spies and their families on opposite sides of the Cold War.
In the summer of 1975, 17-year-old Eva Dillon's family was living in New Delhi when her father was exposed as a CIA spy. Eva had long believed that her father was a US State Department employee. She had no idea that he was handling the CIA's highest ranking double agent - Dmitri Fedorovich Polyakov, a Soviet general whose code name was TOPHAT. Dillon's father and Polyakov had a close friendship that went back years, to their first meeting in Burma in the mid-1960s. At the height of the Cold War, the Russian offered the CIA an unfiltered view into the vault of Soviet intelligence. His collaboration helped ensure that tensions between the two nuclear superpowers did not escalate into a shooting war.
Spanning 50 years and three continents, Spies in the Family is a deeply researched account of two families on opposite sides of the lethal espionage campaigns of the Cold War and two men whose devoted friendship lasted a lifetime, until the devastating final days of their lives. With impeccable insider access to both families as well as knowledgeable CIA and FBI officers, Dillon goes beyond the fog of secrecy to craft an unforgettable story of friendship and betrayal, double agents and clandestine lives, exposing the commonality between peoples of opposing political economic systems.
Both a gripping tale of spy craft and a moving personal story, Spies in the Family is an invaluable and heart-rending work.
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Best Summer Read!
I loved this well written, well researched, non-fiction story that seemed to flow easily and kept my interest at every turn, while being told from an intelligent point of view of the person that also happens to be the daughter of one of the main characters/covert spies in the story.
It opened up my eyes to the life of a spy and the world of espionage while illustrating the dangers of those that have sacrificed so much, including their life, for freedom and the good of our nation by their acts of bravery.
I had pure disappointment for those that betrayed our government/country by the selling of intelligence information and also those that put so many undercover agents in danger or blew their cover.
Buy the book, you wont regret it! It is the best book I have read in a very long time.
Very pertinent book to today's news.
- Kent S. Kast