Best Of Enemies: The Last Great Spy Story of the Cold War
The thrilling story of two Cold War spies -- CIA agent Jack Platt and KGB agent Gennady Vasilenko -- and their improbable friendship at a time when they should have been anything but.
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This strange, exciting and intriguing tale, laced with international derring-do and extreme personal sacrifice, is destined to become a Cold War classic.John Douglas and Mark Olshaker, authors of Mindhunter and Law & Disorder
It's not often you come across a book that's engrossing, topical and instructive; BEST OF ENEMIES is all of those things, and then some. Empathy is never easy -- as this book makes abundantly clear --- but if there were more of it in the world today, we'd all be better off. A must read.Ian Bremmer, bestselling author of Us vs. Them, Superpower, and The J Curve
A compelling Cold War fable that illuminates the essence of human recruitment operation: the unshakable friendship between two men that endured in the Wilderness of Mirrors.Jason Matthews, New York Times bestselling author of The Red Sparrow spy novels and 33-year CIA veteran trained by Jack Platt
BEST OF ENEMIES is a riveting spy thriller and love story -- and best of all, it is a true one! The incredible tale of the deep and enduring friendship of CIA legend 'Cowboy' Jack Platt and charismatic KGB spy Gennady Vasilenko frames a mesmerizing journey through the Cold War that did more than entertain me -- it also gave me more insight into the intelligence world in the US and Russia than anything else I have read.Norman Ornstein, resident scholar, American Enterprise Institute
This book is crucial for anyone who wants to understand espionage or the Cold War.James Grady, author of Six Days of the Condor
Russo and Dezenhall aptly capture this complex narrative, based on its protagonists' long-classified recollections... An unusual, entertaining story of steadfast friendship amid governmental treachery.Kirkus
An informative and exciting history for the general reader and for the espionage expert alike.