Spies in the Family by Eva Dillon audiobook

Spies in the Family: An American Spymaster, His Russian Crown Jewel, and the Friendship That Helped End the Cold War

By Eva Dillon
Read by Gabra Zackman

HarperAudio 9780062385888

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781538419700

  • ISBN: 9781538419717

  • ISBN: 9781538419724

Runtime: 8.12 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/History
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A riveting true-life thriller and revealing memoir from the daughter of an American intelligence officer—the astonishing true story of two spies and their families on opposite sides of the Cold War.

In the summer of 1975, seventeen-year-old Eva Dillon's family was living in New Delhi when her father was exposed as a CIA spy. Eva had long believed that her father was a U.S. State Department employee. She had no idea that he was handling the CIA’s highest-ranking double agent—Dmitri Fedorovich Polyakov—a Soviet general whose code name was TOPHAT. Dillon’s father and Polyakov had a close friendship that went back years, to their first meeting in Burma in the mid-1960s. At the height of the Cold War, the Russian offered the CIA an unfiltered view into the vault of Soviet intelligence. His collaboration helped ensure that tensions between the two nuclear superpowers did not escalate into a shooting war.

Spanning fifty years and three continents, Spies in the Family is a deeply researched account of two families on opposite sides of the lethal espionage campaigns of the Cold War, and two men whose devoted friendship lasted a lifetime, until the devastating final days of their lives. With impeccable insider access to both families as well as knowledgeable CIA and FBI officers, Dillon goes beyond the fog of secrecy to craft an unforgettable story of friendship and betrayal, double agents and clandestine lives, that challenges our notions of patriotism, exposing the commonality between peoples of opposing political economic systems.

Both a gripping tale of spy craft and a moving personal story, Spies in the Family is an invaluable and heart-rending work.

 

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Eva Dillon expertly tells an untold chapter of Cold War espionage from a front-row seat. It was her father, after all, who was the spymaster. This is a warm, riveting, great read.” Joe Drape, New York Times bestselling author
“Reads like a fine spy novel whose ending we know but whose story transports us nonetheless.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Eva Dillon

Author Bio: Eva Dillon

Eva Dillon spent twenty-five-years in the magazine publishing business in New York City, including stints at Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, the New Yorker, and as president of Reader’s Digest (US). She and her six siblings grew up moving around the world for her CIA father’s assignments in Berlin, Mexico City, Rome, and New Delhi. She holds a BS in music from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 8.12
Audience: Adult
Language: English