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

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

Eva Dillon

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.

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.
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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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Gabra Zackman

Length:

8h 7m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:20


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

02:30


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

10:39


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

13:08


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

19:42


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

38:20


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

27:37


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

30:45


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

13:33


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

19:33


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

31:21


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

15:07


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

22:58


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

25:42


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:51


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

27:49


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

28:58


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

32:44


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

24:56


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

29:32


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

10:26


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

26:42


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

21:12


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

09:27


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

00:41