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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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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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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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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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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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Infectious

Such an engaging storyline, incredibly well researched with some brilliant archs throughout. Narration was pitched well too. One of the best audiobooks I’ve consumed.

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Excellent book and very informative

if you like everything Cold War then this is a great audio book. Full of detail and intrigue

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Incredible Journalism and Very Entertaining

I absolutely love Corera's style. Very interesting, insightful, compulsive listening. I recommend this to anyone interested in what goes on in the shadows.

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very interesting, tricky perspectives

Good book, good recording, no hearing problems. Great story, albeit scary perspectives. I recommend it.

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Great book, let down by some irritating narration

Why on earth can't the narrator just pronounce years in the normal way? (E.g. 2010 as "Twenty Ten" instead of "Two Thousand, Ten"? ).

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