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Summary

A landmark collaboration between a thirty-year veteran of the CIA and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, The Main Enemy is the dramatic inside story of the CIA-KGB spy wars, told through the actions of the men who fought them.

Based on hundreds of interviews with operatives from both sides, The Main Enemy puts us inside the heads of CIA officers as they dodge surveillance and walk into violent ambushes in Moscow. This is the story of the generation of spies who came of age in the shadow of the Cuban missile crisis and rose through the ranks to run the CIA and KGB in the last days of the Cold War. The clandestine operations they masterminded took them from the sewers of Moscow to the back streets of Baghdad, from Cairo and Havana to Prague and Berlin, but the action centers on Washington, starting in the infamous "Year of the Spy"--when, one by one, the CIA’s agents in Moscow began to be killed, up through to the very last man.

Behind the scenes with the CIA's covert operations in Afghanistan, Milt Bearden led America to victory in the secret war against the Soviets, and for the first time he reveals here what he did and whom America backed, and why. Bearden was called back to Washington after the Soviets withdrew from Afghanistan and was made chief of the Soviet/East European Division—just in time to witness the fall of the Berlin Wall, the revolutions that swept across Eastern Europe, and the implosion of the Soviet Union.

Laced with startling revelations--about fail-safe top-secret back channels between the CIA and KGB, double and triple agents, covert operations in Berlin and Prague, and the fateful autumn of 1989--The Main Enemy is history at its action-packed best.

©2018 Milton Bearden and James Risen (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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  • Brandon
  • 30-10-18

A must.

If you are a Cold War espionage enthusiast, this book is a must. No question about it. Great narrator, great book.

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  • kucherv
  • 21-08-18

A masterpiece of espionage history

This books is the most complete and superbly written book about the final showdown between the CIA and the KGB.

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  • Jim
  • 14-11-18

A Great Read for All But Especially History Buffs

I held high expectations for this book and it surpassed them all. The story line is great only out played by the historical moments revealed e.g. Berlin Wall coming down was watched by our CIA and President on CNN. There is no fantasy here just several displays of honesty....good, bad, or indifferent. It presents a super story between two super powers trying out do each other. There are funny moments as well as deadly serious ones. It covers several years including those encompassing double spies who did great damage to the U.S. I have no doubt I will listen to it a second time...after I finish all those in my que now!! Enjoy it.

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  • Jeremy
  • 10-11-18

Comprehensive History

Very much enjoyed this work. A thorough, well done history of the final part of the Cold War interwoven with a narrative point of view story from a senior officer. It’s long but so much sorry to tell. Great performance by the narrator.

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  • J. Douglas
  • 23-10-18

Compelling Story

This book provided great insight into the most important Soviet defector of the cold war. Even though I already had a general knowledge of Gordievsky and his role in the cold war I was still riveted and held in suspense.

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  • Nicole Porter
  • 17-11-18

Lots of information

This book holds a lot of information and I found it all very fascinating, but I felt it gets a bit bogged down in the Soviet/Afghanistan intrigue. I had a hard time getting through that section, but was very glad I did - lots of good stuff to come after. Enjoyed it overall, it was a very long listen but did not disappoint - but didn't dazzle either. I liked it well enough I'd probably listen again - so much information and details that surely got missed the first time through. Very well spent credit.

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  • Lonnie G. Hardy, Jr.
  • 19-10-18

Insightful - entertaining - inspiring

This is an amazing account of the challenges,the bungling,the bravery, the victories of our intelligence agencies. It is even humorous at times . Though the brutal KGB was relentless, it failed because “the dogs don’t like the food”.

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  • philip
  • 07-09-18

Gripping

I couldn’t stop listening. Fascinating history and human drama. Christopher Lane does an excellent job, I hope he gets some more history and non-fiction assignments. Easy 5 Star rating all round.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-11-18

Do not buy this...

There is no story. Just snippets of not interesting blurbs that game no where and have no substance. Very misleading description. The audio is fine.

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