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Russians Among Us

Sleeper Cells, Ghost Stories and the Hunt for Putin's Agents
Narrated by: Derek Perkins
Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
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The urgent, explosive story of Russia's espionage efforts against the West from the Cold War to the present - including their interference in the 2016 presidential election. 

Like a scene from a le Carre novel or the TV drama The Americans, in the summer of 2010 a group of Russian deep cover sleeper agents were arrested. It was the culmination of a decade-long investigation, and 10 people, including Anna Chapman, were swapped for four people held in Russia. At the time it was seen simply as a throwback to the Cold War. But that would prove to be a costly mistake. It was a sign that the Russian threat had never gone away, and, more importantly, it was shifting into a much more disruptive new phase. Today, the danger is clearer than ever following the poisoning in the UK of one of the spies who was swapped, Sergei Skripal, and the growing evidence of Russian interference in American life.

In this meticulously researched and gripping, novelistic narrative, Gordon Corera uncovers the story of how Cold War spying has evolved - and indeed, is still very much with us.

Russians Among Us describes for the first time the story of deep cover spies in America and the FBI agents who tracked them. In intimate and riveting detail, it reveals new information about today's spies - as well as those trying to catch them and those trying to kill them.

©2020 Gordon Corera (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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that's how books should be written

absolutely enjoyed this book from start to finish. I love cold war spy books, but this went right up to 2019. Throughly recommended and, in my opinion, likely to be book of the year.

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Phenomenal read to understand Putin, the Russian spy and intelligence system

Great read. Very pertinent. Highly recommend this to understand the intelligence and spy system of the Russian state and what drives Putin.

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Thought the Cold War was over?

A great update of the espionage efforts from deep cover spies and the famous 2010 illegals bust in America, with "The Americans" TV series based partly on the reality. Interesting to get a better understanding on the Russian, and Putin's view... and their patience and callousness in waiting for revenge.

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A Great modern insight.

a brilliant informative book on how spying has evolved since the 80's. I didn't want it to finish.

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Best audiobook so far

Honestly best audiobook I've gone through. It covers alot more than initially thought and covers it well.

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Highly recommended

Authoritative, fascinating, and at times, a moving account of the lives of Russian illegals, and all other shades of spy. Take a look at the 1* reviews of this book, and you’ll get a glimpse of the very people Corera describes (and then ignore the rating, because this really is excellent).

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a cracking listen.

A fantastic listen, a great comprehensive account of a fascinating subject. just what I was looking for.