Drawing upon newly released CIA files, conversations with KGB defectors, and interviews with key operatives of the CIA and Secret Intelligence Service, this is the inside story of an Agency legend, George Kisevalter. This authorised biography is the true tale of the man who engineered the CIA's most dramatic successes in the darkest days of the Cold War. The book takes readers behind the scenes of Kisevalter's extraordinary espionage, including the six-year running of agent Pyotr Popov, the first major source inside Soviet military intelligence. The account explores Kisevalter's instrumental role as case officer in the most successful operation in CIA history: the penetration of the Soviet military hierarchy by GRU colonel Oleg Penkovsky, 'the spy who saved the world', during the Cuban missile crisis. And the book explores Kisevalter's fascinating role in the extraction and interrogation of controversial KGB defector Yuri Nosenko, who supervised the KGB file of purported JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald.
More than a biography, this is a behind-the-scenes look at spycraft in action, a rare view of what it takes to "live in the black" for years at a time under a fictitious identity, isolated from friends and family. For anyone with an interest in Cold War history, the Cuban missile crisis, the JFK assassination, or the annals of espionage, this is a book not to be read but to be savoured.
One of the best behind-the-scenes perspectives on Cold War espionage that I have read. Francis Gary Powers, founder, The Cold War Museum
When I think of George Kisevalter, I think about one of the finest public servants I have ever known. I think about honor, decency, and integrity. He served in some very important and difficult posts, always with distinction, always making his country and the Agency proud. George Herbert Walker Bush, president and former CIA director