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Description - CIA Spymaster by Clarence Ashley

Drawing upon newly released CIA files, conversations with KGB defectors, and interviews with key operatives of the CIA and Secret Intelligence Service, this is the inside story of an Agency legend, George Kisevalter. This authorised biography is the true tale of the man who engineered the CIA's most dramatic successes in the darkest days of the Cold War. The book takes readers behind the scenes of Kisevalter's extraordinary espionage, including the six-year running of agent Pyotr Popov, the first major source inside Soviet military intelligence. The account explores Kisevalter's instrumental role as case officer in the most successful operation in CIA history: the penetration of the Soviet military hierarchy by GRU colonel Oleg Penkovsky, 'the spy who saved the world', during the Cuban missile crisis. And the book explores Kisevalter's fascinating role in the extraction and interrogation of controversial KGB defector Yuri Nosenko, who supervised the KGB file of purported JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. More than a biography, this is a behind-the-scenes look at spycraft in action, a rare view of what it takes to "live in the black" for years at a time under a fictitious identity, isolated from friends and family. For anyone with an interest in Cold War history, the Cuban missile crisis, the JFK assassination, or the annals of espionage, this is a book not to be read but to be savoured.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781589802346
ISBN-10: 1589802349
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Pelican Publishing Co
Publisher: Pelican Publishing Co
Publish Date: 31-Aug-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Clarence Ashley

Clarence Ashley worked as an analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency, assessing Soviet strategic missile capabilities and preparing national intelligence estimates. He met George Kisevalter when he began a new career in commercial real estate. Working together for years, the two became close friends and remained so after Kisevalters retirement. Currently, Mr. Ashley is the owner and principal broker of a commercial real-estate firm in northern Virginia and is an active member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers.