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The Spy Who Stayed Out in the Cold: The Secret Life of FBI Double Agent Robert Hanssen

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  58 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Robert Philip Hansen thought he was smarter than the system. For decades, the quirky but respected counterintelligence expert, religious family man, and father of six, sold top secret information to agents of the Soviet Union and Russia. A self-taught computer expert, Hansen often encrypted his stolen files on wafer-thin disks. The data-some 6000 pages of highly classified ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published November 18th 2002 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2001)
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After I rented the movie, Breach, I had to go out and buy this book. Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy it as much as the movie. The book is full of details and too much information and sometimes the original story line gets lost. For example, Robert Hanssen was involved with the Catholic religious group, Opus Dei, and a whole chapter was devoted to describing this elitist sect. In the end, I wish the author had kept it simple. Nonetheless, I think the topic of espionage is always worth reading about ...more
Frederick Bingham
The story of Robert Hanssen, the FBI counter-intelligence specialist who sold secrets to the Soviets and then the Russians. For 15 years, Hanssen peddled the most vital secrets the US had, ultimately making about $500,000 for himself. He was arrested in 2001, having started his sales in 1985. The book reprints some of the communications between him and his Soviet handlers. Hanssen did his treason, while simultaneously maintaining a public face of an ultra-loyal american, devout church-goer, repu ...more
Sep 21, 2007 Nathan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: If all it takes to undermine US intelligence is one of these guys, get rid of the CIA.
Robert Hanssen was one of the most cunning moles in US history, and to this day he is considered the greatest US security breach in history. Currently, Hanssen resides in a maximum security prison, allowed one hour a day out of his dark, windowless cell, and only got that sentence instead of the death pentalty becasue he agreed to talk to prosecutors, the CIA and the FBI about what he'd revealed to the KGB in his near 20-years as a double agent. Hanssen's life is a fascinating series of contradi ...more
Scott Toney
3.5 stars for me. Very interesting topic. Didn't feel like there were enough details about the story and there is a ton of filler that was more distracting than informative.
This book is about Robert Hanssen, a FBI agent who was selling information to the Soviet Union for years before he was arrested in 2001. He was a devout Catholic, member of Opus Dei and by all accounts a dedicated family man. It is shocking that the FBI could be so loose. This was an interesting read.
Much better and paints a clearer picture of Robert Hanssen than the film Breach.
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