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George Kisevalter ran the first key Soviet agent in CIA history, Pyotr Popov, gained the U.S. its first view behind the Iron Curtain, and helped gain information from Soviet colonel Oleg Penkovsky, regarded as the most successful spy in CIA history. This top-secret information proved decisive for Kennedy during the showdown of the Cuban missile crisis. More than a biography, CIA SpyMaster is a glimpse into the mind of an espionage genius, a rare view of what it takes to live in the black for years at a time under a fictitious identity, torn from friends and family. Its a behind-the-scenes look at spycraft in action, from dead drops and cutoffs to multilayered ciphers, the KGBs secret spydust, and everything in between. It is a book of ever-increasing tension and suspense, as the rising stakes of the Cold War endow every act of espionage with utmost importance. During his lifetime, George Kisevalter was awarded the Distinguished Intelligence Medal, the highest award attainable in the CIA without giving ones life. For his work with Penkovsky, he received a Certificate of Merit with Distinction. Less than two months before his death in 1997, he was selected as one of fifty unique contributors in the fifty-year history of the CIA and was presented with the newly established Trailblazers Award, the only case officer ever to be so honored.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781589802346
ISBN-10: 1589802349
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x 32mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Pelican Publishing Co
Publisher: Pelican Publishing Co
Publish Date: 1-Sep-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.