Confessions of a Spy: The Real Story of Aldrich Ames

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Confessions of a Spy: The Real Story of Aldrich Ames

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Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc

Publish Date: Jun 2013

ISBN-13: 9781470888695

ISBN-10: 1470888696

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Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc
Publish Date: Jun 2013
ISBN-13: 9781470888695
ISBN-10: 1470888696
Format: CD/Spoken Word
Number of Pages: 0
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.7
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Review by Library Journal (1999-08)

Award-winning author Earley (Prophet of Death) takes the listener on a long voyage of discovery into the crucible of the Cold War. The spotlight is on Aldrich Ames, the villain who betrays America's most valuable assets: our top spies in the Soviet Union from 1985 to 1994. The CIA's attempts to detect the source of betrayal also comes under close scrutiny; its tolerance for heavy drinking, old boy networks, inept investigations, and lie detector tests would make this work a high comedy if the subject were not national security.

The author's impeccable research includes uncensored interviews with Ames and his KGB handlers in Moscow as well as the victims' families. This definitive work is also a crucial guide to our government's approach to security. Superbly dramatized by narrator Edward Holland, it will have broad appeal; highly recommended. James Dudley, Westhampton Beach, NY

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal (1997-05-15)

Ames was a top CIA officer with a great deal of knowledge about U.S. spies in the Soviet Union when he was arrested for espionage in 1994. Because of his treachery, a number of spies for the agency were arrested and several killed. Earley (Family of Spies: Inside the John Walker Spy Ring, LJ 11/15/88) spent 50 hours interviewing Ames and talked with his KGB handlers and the CIA mole hunters who tracked him down.

The result is a thoroughly researched, detailed account of Ames's secret activities and the U.S. counterintelligence team's frustrating but ultimately successful investigative efforts. The narrative is interspersed with quotations from people involved in the case or lengthy statements by Ames, some of which are very self-serving. Why did Ames do it? Greed and personal insecurity seem to be good answers. This is interesting and fast reading, but it needs an index. Recommended. Daniel Blewett, Loyola Univ. Lib., Chicago

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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When Aldrich Ames was arrested in 1994, he had been personally responsible for the betrayal that led to the execution of most of the United States' top assets in the Soviet Union. Pete Earley is the only writer to conduct fifty hours of one-on-one interviews with Ames, without a government censor present.

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