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American Spies

Espionage Against the United States from the Cold War to the Present

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Join Michael Sulick, former chief of the CIA's National Clandestine Service, as he discusses his latest book, the second volume in his comprehensive history of spying in the United States.  American Spies tracks great espionage cases from the KGB’s placement of “illegals” like Rudolf Abel in the 1950s all the way through the impact of WikiLeaks today.  Some of the stories are familiar, such as those of Robert Hanssen and Jonathan Pollard, and others less so—meet Paul Raphael Hall a one-time signalman aboard the USS Benfold who shared classified movements of the destroyer with terrorist contacts.  For more than forty cases, Sulick describes how they reflect the issues of the day and the motivations that drove these individuals to spy, how they gained access, the secrets they betrayed, their tradecraft, their exposure and punishment, and the damage they ultimately inflicted on America's national security.

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