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Russians Among Us

Sleeper Cells, Ghost Stories and the Hunt for Putin's Agents

Gordon Corera



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Harper Collins
09 March 2020
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 ten 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.
By:   Gordon Corera
Imprint:   Harper Collins
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 34mm
Weight:   580g
ISBN:   9780008318949
ISBN 10:   0008318948
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   09 March 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Gordon Corera has been the BBC's National Security Correspondent since 2004. He has reported from London, Moscow and Washington and is the only journalist to have interviewed serving heads of both the CIA and MI6. He has covered first hand many of the central episodes in the spy-wars between the three countries. He is the author of several books including Secret Pigeon Service and MI6: Life and Death in the British Secret Service. He has also written and presented BBC documentaries about MI6, the CIA and Russia. He lives in England.

Reviews for Russians Among Us: Sleeper Cells, Ghost Stories and the Hunt for Putin's Agents

REVIEWS FOR RUSSIANS AMONG US 'Extremely readable ... A lively and disturbing account of the extraordinary events that led to, and the terrible ones that followed, the Vienna spy swap in 2010, an episode perhaps best remembered in the West for Anna Chapman, the strikingly beautiful socialite who turned out to be a Russian spy.' Telegraph REVIEWS FOR GORDON CORERA'S SECRET PIGEON SERVICE 'This is an amazing story' Simon Mayo 'As I read it, I found myself muttering, again and again, the World War II expression: It's too fantastic. It really is ... No Frederick Forsyth thriller could be as gripping as this real-life story ... Corera's gripping book is an intoxicating mixture of comedy and high seriousness' Daily Mail '[An] extraordinary, colourful and moving story...[a] thrilling tale' Christopher Hart, Sunday Times 'Corera is to be congratulated for bringing to light, with humour and verve, a virtually unknown chapter of the war' Daily Telegraph 'An amazing story.' Nicholas Reynolds, author of Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy

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