By Benjamin Weiser

In August 1972, Ryszard Kuklinski, a hugely revered colonel within the Polish military, launched into what could turn into the most impressive human intelligence operations of the chilly battle. regardless of the intense hazard to himself and his kinfolk, he contacted the yankee Embassy in Bonn, and organized a mystery assembly. From the very commence, he made transparent that he deplored the Soviet domination of Poland, and believed his state was once at the mistaken facet of the chilly War.

Over the following 9 years, Kuklinski rose speedy within the Polish protection ministry, performing as a liaison to Moscow, and supporting to arrange for a "hot warfare" with the West. yet he additionally lived a lifetime of subterfuge--of useless drops, messages written in invisible ink, miniature cameras, and mystery transmitters. In 1981, he gave the CIA the key plans to weigh down team spirit. Then, approximately to be chanced on, he made a deadly break out together with his family members to the West. He nonetheless lives in hiding in America.

Kuklinski's tale is a harrowing own drama approximately one man's determination to betray the Communist management so one can keep the rustic he loves, and the serious debate it spurred over even if he was once a traitor or a patriot. via vast interviews and entry to the CIA's mystery archive at the case, Benjamin Weiser bargains an remarkable and richly targeted examine this mystery historical past of the chilly War.

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