By Benjamin Weiser

In August 1972, Ryszard Kuklinski, a hugely revered colonel within the Polish military, launched into what could develop into some of the most outstanding human intelligence operations of the chilly struggle. regardless of the intense probability to himself and his family members, he contacted the yankee Embassy in Bonn, and organized a mystery assembly. From the very commence, he made transparent that he deplored the Soviet domination of Poland, and believed his state used to be at the improper aspect of the chilly War.

Over the following 9 years, Kuklinski rose fast within the Polish security ministry, performing as a liaison to Moscow, and supporting to arrange for a "hot battle" with the West. yet he additionally lived a lifetime of subterfuge--of useless drops, messages written in invisible ink, miniature cameras, and mystery transmitters. In 1981, he gave the CIA the key plans to weigh down cohesion. Then, approximately to be found, he made a perilous break out along with his relatives to the West. He nonetheless lives in hiding in America.

Kuklinski's tale is a harrowing own drama approximately one man's selection to betray the Communist management in an effort to retailer the rustic he loves, and the serious debate it spurred over no matter if he was once a traitor or a patriot. via huge interviews and entry to the CIA's mystery archive at the case, Benjamin Weiser deals an unparalleled and richly special examine this mystery historical past of the chilly War.

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