Spies in the Family: An American Spymaster, His Russian Crown Jewel, and the Friendship That Helped End the Cold War by Eva Dillon

Spies in the Family: An American Spymaster, His Russian Crown Jewel, and the Friendship That Helped End the Cold War

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...

Title:Spies in the Family: An American Spymaster, His Russian Crown Jewel, and the Friendship That Helped End the Cold War
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:336 pages

Spies in the Family: An American Spymaster, His Russian Crown Jewel, and the Friendship That Helped End the Cold War Reviews

  • Wanda C
    Jun 11, 2017

    A safe from my home look behind "the curtain." This book gives a great insight into those who you can't go home because they have seen the honeycomb! It was full of surprises and a few lows. I couldn't put it down because it was a roller coaster ride!

    Based on a five-star rating, I give it five stars!

    1) Buy from the author in the future? Yes

    2) Did it keep me intrigued? Yes

    3) Story line adventurous, mysterious, and believable? Yes

    4) Would I recommend to a family member/friend? Yes.

    5) Did my idea

    A safe from my home look behind "the curtain." This book gives a great insight into those who you can't go home because they have seen the honeycomb! It was full of surprises and a few lows. I couldn't put it down because it was a roller coaster ride!

    Based on a five-star rating, I give it five stars!

    1) Buy from the author in the future? Yes

    2) Did it keep me intrigued? Yes

    3) Story line adventurous, mysterious, and believable? Yes

    4) Would I recommend to a family member/friend? Yes.

    5) Did my idea of the book based on the cover remain the same after I read the book? Yes. The photo looks unsafe; an urban dressed man is standing in a cold, snowy rural area. Something looks amiss here!

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Dave Post
    Jun 12, 2017

    A fantastic real life story of espionage intersecting with the family life of a "state department" employee. Fits in nicely with some of Ben McIntyre's books, and if you are a fan of John LeCarre, this should be right up your alley.

  • Gwen - Chew & Digest Books -
    Jun 09, 2017

    The perspective of this, coming from the daughter of a CIA agent rather than the retired agent or journalist feverishly trying to uncover all the goods, was refreshing. Besides the amazing historical value of what her father and others did, I was also struck, once again, by the realities of how we never really know our parents, to us they are just mom and dad. It's the acceptable selfishness of being a kid; our parents are really just our parents, they aren't individuals until later in our lives

    The perspective of this, coming from the daughter of a CIA agent rather than the retired agent or journalist feverishly trying to uncover all the goods, was refreshing. Besides the amazing historical value of what her father and others did, I was also struck, once again, by the realities of how we never really know our parents, to us they are just mom and dad. It's the acceptable selfishness of being a kid; our parents are really just our parents, they aren't individuals until later in our lives. Yet, her going back and filling out the real pictures of her dad and mom and that what they did that had such a huge affect on all of us was a journey that I admire her for doing and taking us along.

  • Krystle
    Jun 06, 2017

    Interesting story. I couldn't put this book down and the fact that it is a true story made it so much better. If yoy are looking for a fascinating true story, this is a boom for you. If yoy don't typically like true storys, but want a book that will grab you, look no further than this book.

  • Jiny S
    Jun 13, 2017

    Wow, just WOW!

    Spy and cold war stories are usually not my cup of tea, but this book is a barrage of action from start to finish. Fast-paced and entertaining, you will be absorbed by the electrifying stories of two prominent spies from opposite sides of the cold war.

  • Paula Dillon
    Jun 20, 2017

    A fascinating look at a piece of history that reads like a novel. Timely and thought provoking.

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