When I last posted on Blogging Book Topics, I discussed the Jason Matthews book Red Sparrow (DB 77102). Matthews has written another book featuring Dominika Egorova and Nate Nash called Palace of Treason (DB 82825). This sequel features Dominika, the so-called Red Sparrow, working for the CIA. If you like what I’ll generically call “spy stuff” check out the following books, too. Some are true, some have local Pennsylvania connections, but all are full of the intrigue and suspense that the best books on spy craft contain! Remember, loose lips sink ships.
The Horseshoe Curve: Sabotage and Subversion in the Railroad City
Dennis P McIlnay
During World War II, Adolf Hitler conceived a plot to cripple the American war machine by destroying the Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania. In July 1942, the FBI searched the homes of 225 Altoona residents, suspecting them to be Nazi sympathizers. The author describes these little-known events using information from 300 sources, including diaries, military records, court briefs, and FBI files. Some violence and some strong language. 2007.
Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA’s Spytechs from Communism to Al-Qaeda
Wallace, former director of the CIA’s Office of Technical Service, and Melton, an expert on clandestine devices, survey spy gadgets from World War II to the War on Terror. Describes cameras, microphones, disguises, and encryption systems; their use in the field; and transition into the digital age. 2008.
A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal
By Men MacIntyre
Personal papers and never-before-seen British intelligence files are used to describe the treason committed by twentieth-century spy Kim Philby, who rose to head Britain’s counterintelligence against the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War while secretly working for the enemy. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2014.