Spies in the Family
A riveting true-life thriller and revealing memoir from the daughter of an American intelligence officer—the astonishing true story of two spies and their families on opposite sides of the Cold War.In the summer of 1975, seventeen-year-old Eva Dillon was living in New Delhi with her family when her father was exposed as a CIA spy. Eva had long believed that her father was a U.S. State Department employee. She had no idea that he was handling the CIA’s highest-ranking double agent—Dmitri Fedorovich Polyakov—a Soviet general whose code name was TOPHAT. Dillon’s father and Polyakov had a close friendship that went back years, to their first meeting in Burma in the mid-1960s. At the height of the Cold War, the Russian double agent offered the CIA an unfiltered view into the vault of Soviet intelligence. His collaboration helped ensure that tensions between the two nuclear superpowers did not escalate into a shooting war.Spanning fifty years and three continents, Spies in the Family is a deeply researched account of two families on opposite sides of the lethal espionage campaigns of the Cold War, and two men whose devoted friendship lasted a lifetime, until the devastating final days of their lives. With impeccable insider access to both families as well as knowledgeable CIA and FBI officers, Dillon goes beyond the fog of secrecy to craft an unforgettable story of friendship and betrayal, double agents and clandestine lives, that challenges our notions of patriotism, exposing the commonality between peoples of opposing political economic systems.Both a gripping tale of spy craft and a moving personal story, Spies in the Family is an invaluable and heart-rending work.

Spies in the Family Details

TitleSpies in the Family
Author
FormatKindle Edition
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 9th, 2017
PublisherHarper
Number of pages336 pages
Rating
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Biography, Spy Thriller, Espionage

Spies in the Family Review

  • Mary
    May 15, 2017
    An intriguing book; a quick read and one that I highly recommend. Books set in the Cold War era always yield plenty of secrets and betrayal and this one is no exception. I have a couple of friends in foreign service and I wonder.... You never know!
  • Nancy
    May 18, 2017
    Wow! Could there be a more appropriate time, aside from the Cold War itself, to read this? Russian spies, American handlers, American spies, whistleblowers... I enjoyed this book, not only for the well-researched espionage aspect, but also the stories of the author's family and the Polyakov family. The inclusion of the Polyakovs' story from interviews with General Polyakov's family brought a depth to the book that would have been otherwise missed. Fast-paced and very readable nonfiction for spy Wow! Could there be a more appropriate time, aside from the Cold War itself, to read this? Russian spies, American handlers, American spies, whistleblowers... I enjoyed this book, not only for the well-researched espionage aspect, but also the stories of the author's family and the Polyakov family. The inclusion of the Polyakovs' story from interviews with General Polyakov's family brought a depth to the book that would have been otherwise missed. Fast-paced and very readable nonfiction for spy enthusiasts and anyone who enjoys secrets and intrigue. I will be purchasing a copy of Spies in the Family for my dad for Father's Day. Thank you to Edelweiss and HarperCollins for the ARC in exchange for this review.
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  • patricia Gold
    May 22, 2017
    Loved it and could not put it down !
  • Sandi
    May 23, 2017
    Interesting book about the Cold War and the spies .This was written by the daughter of one of these spies who was unaware of her fathers job until after his passing.
  • Colleen Wyse
    May 22, 2017
    If you want the inside scoop about the spy world from a daughter's perspective, this book is awesome. I don't usually read a spy books, but this one kept me riveted.
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