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The Moscow Rules by Antonio J. Méndez
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At the height of the Cold War, the CIA developed tactics to use against the KGB known as The Moscow Rules. Author Tony Mendez used his unique skills to help agents in Moscow lose KGB tails, meet with spies, and collect sensitive information. He often used illusionist’s methods to outwit KGB surveillance including slight-of-hand, misdirection, and disguises. It’s the history of how these techniques were used in the 70’s and 80’s by CIA agents stationed in Moscow that Mendez presents here.

I found it shocking that despite their best tactics and careful maneuverings, so many of the CIA’s Russian agents were discovered and executed by the KGB. Yes, the U.S. gained priceless intelligence from their spies, but at a cost. Mendez and company had to constantly rethink how to make contact with Russians willing to spy against their country without compromising them, which was never simple or straightforward. This was spy against spy in a ruthless and dangerous environment, and Mendez presents his involvement in an engaging (if somewhat acronym-heavy) way.

I received a complimentary copy of this book via the Amazon Vine program.
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Reading Progress

April 22, 2019 – Shelved
April 22, 2019 – Shelved as: non-fiction
April 22, 2019 – Shelved as: own
April 22, 2019 – Shelved as: vine
April 22, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
April 23, 2019 – Started Reading
May 3, 2019 – Finished Reading

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