The Spy's Son

The Spy's Son

The True Story of the Highest-ranking CIA Officer Ever Convicted of Espionage and the Son He Trained to Spy for Russia

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By day, he taught spycraft at the CIA's clandestine training center, The Farm. By night, he was a minivan-driving single father racing home to have dinner with his kids. But for more than two years, Jim Nicholson met covertly with agents of Russia's foreign intelligence service and turned over troves of classified documents. In 1997 Nicholson became the highest ranking CIA officer ever convicted of espionage. But while behind the bars of a federal prison, he groomed the one person he trusted most to serve as his stand-in: his youngest son, Nathan.
"A high-speed, high-stakes account of [the] riveting true story of a father's deception, a son's loyalty, and the terrible costs of betraying both country and kin"--Back jacket flap.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780802123589
0802123589
Branch Call Number: 327.12 NICHOLSON
Characteristics: 365 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm

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Mar 01, 2016

A fascinating work almost too-difficult-to-believe that it is non-fiction. A story of 'the highest ranking CIA officer ever convicted of espionage and the son he trained to spy for Russia.' The author's 5 years of research pays off with an insiders account with information from FBI reports, court documents, military records and the only interview ever given by Nathan, the son that was betrayed by his father.
This fast paced book includes lots of detail (perhaps even too much). But it is captivating, engaging and well worth reading.

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IV27HUjg
Jan 11, 2016

This is soooo irritating, I find myself often in preference to the death penalty to these scumbags. What a narcissistic creep who then hints at laying the blame for his traitorous acts to provide for his dear children. His talk about being so religious, spouting verses, bible studies, praying, is all horse puckey. His god is love of money and material things. It's not uncommon that these 'religious' men sell out their country and cause death to his colleagues.

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BlueHippo
Nov 28, 2015

I found this book a very engrossing read. Learned a LOT about spy craft, to say nothing of the actual events of these two says. I admit I was not so sympathetic to the son as everyone else seemed to be - I cannot believe after having been in the military that he did not know at the time he did it that what he was doing was illegal and just plain wrong. Very well written--it's easy tomato a 2-day read of out this one!

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