After The Dead Hand, which won the Pulitzer for its epic representation of history, David E. Hoffman had the critics waiting to pen down their views on his next book. Well, he truly hasn’t disappointed this time, giving the world something far more deserving of the Pulitzer. The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal is a riveting tale of a gifted spy, Tolkachev, who cracked open the Soviet Military research Establishment in Moscow: an outpost of audacious espionage in the last years of Cold War.
The focal story speaks of Adolf Tolkaechev, a soviet radar expert who was not only determined but also disillusioned by the Soviet System enough to hand over sensitive secrets to the US. He succeeded to a remarkable degree in the years to follow, until 1985, when he suffered betrayal at the hands of a disgruntled CIA officer. For his work, he sought big money, not because he needed it, but only to establish his worth and demonstrate it in the very best manner. His revelations and insights saved the US more than $2 billion in only 8 years.
David E. Hoffman’s ‘The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal’ is a must-read for all those aficionados of spy thrillers related to the Cold War. The reason Hoffman deserves praise is that only a few authors have ever been able to deliver something in such unprecedented detail and paint the portrait of Adolf Tolkaechev so well. Drawing from secret documents obtained by the CIA and numerous interviews, Hoffman has described what it means to run as an American spy in Moscow, conduct elaborate subterfuges to trick the KGB, and master the art of spying against one’s own country.
Unbearably tensed, stirring, and of course unpredictable, The Billion Dollar Spy is truly a classic espionage thriller you don’t want to miss.