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Cassidy's Run

3.56 of 5 stars 3.56  ·  rating details  ·  50 ratings  ·  6 reviews

Cassidy's Run is the riveting story of one of the best-kept secrets of the Cold War-an espionage operation mounted by Washington against the Soviet Union that ran fortwenty-three years. At the highest levels of the government, its code name was Operation shocker.
Lured by a double agent working for the United States, ten Russian spies, including a professor at theUniversit
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Published May 9th 2000 by Random House (first published 2000)
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David Wise is well acquainted with the worlds of espionage and counter-espionage, and "Cassidy's Run" reflected that. While it's a fairly short book, it's probably the most detailed narrative of a long-term, counter-espionage operation I've ever read. Wise does a great job in putting the cloak and dagger action into the context of not only the Cold War, but also the 1970s post-Church Committee fallout on the Intelligence Community. If you find the non-fiction variety of spy stories interesting, ...more
Erik Graff
Jul 26, 2014 Erik Graff rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: espionage fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: history
The first nonfiction book I ever read about espionage was one co-authored by David Wise, writer of this narrative. While that, The Invisible Government, was a serious overview of the CIA, this book has a much narrower focus, being about the work of a US Army mole burrowed in Soviet spy operations within the United States. Using this story as a thread spanning over two decades, Cassidy's Run delves into several spin-off operations against Soviet sleeper agents.
Chief among the topics pursued by
I wanted to like this one more than I did. While it was enlightening, and the time period it references has a lot of disturbing history in it, I couldn't get into the spy games when I feel strongly that neither side should have been developing better nerve gases to begin with. Add to that the usual grain of salt that you add when reading anything remotely recent on intelligence or national security -- you know you're not getting the whole story -- and it was worth reading once but not something ...more
David Wise always sucks me in but I think I expected more from this book. That being said, I think it's a good book that highlights the intel war between the US and Soviet Union during the Cold War and shows some of the potential blowback from those deceptions.
A fascinating look at how counterintelligence work is actually done.
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