What are the best books about Cold War spies?

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    #1A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal

    A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal

    A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal is a non-fiction book by Ben Macintyre. It tells the story of Kim Philby, who worked as a double agent for both MI6 and the NKVD, and in doing so betrayed both his closest friends.

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    Gerald Harrison
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "First off, there was NO WARNING LABEL letting me know that I would have to read this book to understand it. Somebody should say something before they waste money for something they won't even be able to use. Ludicrous! "
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    #2The Ghost

    The Ghost

    The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton is a biography written by Jefferson Morley. It chronicles the life of James Jesus Angleton, who served as a spy for the CIA from World War II to the Cold War.


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    Theresa Hart
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Spies, espionage, government secrets...it sounds like a twisty work of fiction, but the real twist is that it's all true. Fascinating read, from start to finish."
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    #3The Bourne Ultimatum

    The Bourne Ultimatum

    The Bourne Ultimatum is a novel about Jason Bourne as he still tries to uncover his real identity. He flew to different countries just to find out who is responsible for his misery.

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    #4Smiley's People (Karla Trilogy)

    Smiley's People (Karla Trilogy)

    Smiley's People is a spy novel by bestselling author John le Carre. The final book in the Karla Trilogy, it tells the story of spymaster George Smiley as he sets out to investigate the death of a Soviet general.

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    Arthur Holland
    Written on April 5, 2018
    ""Smiley's People" by John le Carre is a thrilling book about the mysterious murder of a Soviet General and the investigation of it. It starts out slowly and increases its grip on you more and more by upping the tension. You won't be able to let go of the book once you start reading."
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    #5Berlin Game (Game, Set & Match)

    Berlin Game (Game, Set & Match)
    Berlin Game is a spy novel by Len Deighton. It is the first book in the Game, Set & Match trilogy, which in turn is the first trilogy of trilogies about the life of Bernard Samson. It follows Samson as he attempts to rescue another agent.
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    Ananya Mittal
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "Berlin Game is likely a good book. However, there are probably more interesting newer books out there."
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    #6The Hunt for Red October (Jack Ryan Universe)

    The Hunt for Red October (Jack Ryan Universe)
    The Hunt for Red October is the fourth book in Jack Ryan Universe series written by Tom Clancy. It is a military fiction first published in October 1984 by Berkley Trade. 
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    Juan Carlos Santillán
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "I think one of the best books about Cold War spies is The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy. It features Jack Ryan and it's about a Russian sub that possibly goes rogue. It is Clancy at his middle of the cold war best. The world seemed so simple back then didn't it? Great book that is a blast of nostalgia about the world that once was. "
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    #7The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal

    The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal

    The Billion Dollar Spy draws from previously classified CIA documents and firsthand account interviews. From one of The Washington Post's contributing editors, David E. Hoffman, it's a brilliant feat of reporting on the Cold War.

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    Joe Wheeler
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "As one who worked in military INTEL during the Cold War, I found this book to be very, very interesting. I have a pretty good idea how espionage works an so far as I can tell, this book is "right on!" Buy it; you'll like it!"
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    #8Man Without A Face

    Man Without A Face
    Man Without a Face is an autobiography by Markus Wolf, the former head of intelligence services in East Germany and considered to be one of the greatest spymasters during the Cold War Era.
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    Victoria Delgado
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "What an amazing tale, compounded by the fact that it's all true! As a child, I grew up watching spy movies like James Bond and had a bit of an obsession with wanting to become a secret agent. I had visions of traveling to exotic places, learning stealth and deception and just generally working behind the scenes to make important things happen. This book shows that the truth of being a super spymaster is even more amazing than I would have thought!"
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    #9The Amateur

    The Amateur

    The Amateur by Robert Littell is a suspense-thriller and spy fiction novel originally published in 1981 by the Penguin Books. This book was nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel.

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    Michelle Hall
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This book was amazing in 1981 and it still hold water to this day. In a time of war without war very few tell the story like Robert Littell. And in a way that will leave you astonished."

Summary

Best What are the best books about Cold War spies
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great BetrayalBooks 42 Paid
2The GhostBooks 39 Paid
3The Bourne UltimatumBooks 36 Paid
4Smiley's People (Karla Trilogy)Books 34 Paid
5Berlin Game (Game, Set & Match)Books 33 Paid
6The Hunt for Red October (Jack Ryan Universe)Books 31 Paid
7The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and BetrayalBooks 29 Paid
8Man Without A FaceBooks 27 Paid
9The AmateurBooks 20 Paid
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