What are the best non-fiction espionage books?

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    #1Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal

    Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal

    Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal is the true story of Eddie Chapman, one of Britain's most remarkable double agents. It was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and Washington Post Best Book of 2007.

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    Abhinav Jayaraman
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "Agent Zigzag is a fast-moving war adventure story. It is a tale of British spies that can rival those of le Carre. Highly recommended for those who enjoy the genre. "
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    #2The 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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    Bryan Richardson
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "If you're looking for a good non-fiction espionage book, this seems like a smart choice. Good reviews all around."
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    #3The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage

    The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage

    The Cuckoo's Egg is a true crime story, involving computer espionage. It retells the one-man hunt Cliff Stoll launched against "Hunter," the hacker who managed to steal sensitive U.S. security and military information.

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    Theresa Rivera
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "You don't usually find that nonfictional spy books are that gripping, mostly because real life often has so much sitting around, but this book manages to beat all expectations. The fact that it's so well written makes it even better."
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    #4A 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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    Richard Lucas
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "I like books about the Cold War era. They may have been low tech by today's standards, but their levels of diabolical psychological and physical warfare were impressive. This book tells such a story, and I could not put it down. Deception! Intrigue! Action! I loved it. "
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    #5The 231 Club

    The 231 Club
    The 231 Club is a true story of the CIA recruiting a therapist to become their courier and spy. The title comes from the "The 231 Club," one of the extensions of the CIA's black ops division whose weapon of choice uses the 231 gunpowder.
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    Justin Fields
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "The 231 Club is a book J Bartell and available from Amazon for $9.95. It is a true story of a therapist being recruited by the CIA to become a courier and spy. The story paints the picture of a man who has a great job and great life and he makes 180 degree turn with his life and begins working for the CIA. If you like non fiction spy books, then this is a very good one to check out."
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    #6A Man Called Intrepid

    A Man Called Intrepid

    A Man Called Intrepid is the true story of Sir William Stephenson, who founded a spy network that ultimately helped win WWII. Codenamed Intrepid, Ian Fleming once said he based the character of James Bond to Stephenson.

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    Joyce Barnes
    Written on March 19, 2018
    "I love to read. I especially love non-fiction books. I found a cool non-fiction book on espionage called A Man Called Intrepid. It's the true story of Sir William Stephenson, a man who founded a spy network in WWII. It's an extremely fascinating book. I love how involving it is. It's kept me up at night reading it for several nights now. Strongly recommended if you love espionage books."
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    #7Gideon's Spies: The Inside Story of Israel's Legendary Secret Service

    Gideon's Spies: The Inside Story of Israel's Legendary Secret Service

    Gideon's Spies: The Inside Story of Israel's Legendary Secret Service reveals the myths and mysteries surrounding Mossad, Israel's national intelligence agency. From bestselling author Gordon Thomas, it captures the true nature of Mossad.

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    George Castro
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "If you enjoy spy stories you may enjoy this. While it isn't as good as some fiction ones a true story is nice every once in a while."
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    #8Spycatcher: The Candid Autobiography of a Senior Intelligence Officer

    Spycatcher: The Candid Autobiography of a Senior Intelligence Officer

    Spycatcher is MI5's former director's own account of British Intelligence, including his work on the Ring of Five and exposing the conspiracy to oust Harold Wilson from the office of Prime Minister in the 1970s. 

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    Consuelo Nájera
    Written on March 27, 2018
    "If you're a fan of James Bond and other spy-loving fiction, you may be interested in reading the non-fiction stories of REAL spies. Enter Peter Wright, actual member of the British Intelligence, who shares his story in this autobiography of his time working in the 1970s to oust Harold Wilson from the office of the Prime Minister. The story is dramatic, crazy, and best of all, REAL."
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    #9The Secret War for the Union

    The Secret War for the Union
    The Secret War for the Union: The Untold Story of Military Intelligence in the Civil War is a military historical documentary written by Edwin C. Fishel. This book is published in 1998 by Mariner Books.
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    Zachary Moreno
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "a powerful book, with powerful lessons and a way that shaped our history."
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    #10Coral Hare

    Coral Hare
    Coral Hare: Atomic Agent is a historical fiction thriller written by Clive Lee. This espionage novel is first published in 2014 by Amazon Digital Services. 
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    #11A Short Course in the Secret War

    A Short Course in the Secret War

    A Short Course in the Secret War is a book written by Christopher Felix on his experiences as a political agent in Hungary. With over 300 pages, this nonfiction book is published in 2001 by Madison Books.

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    Michael Stephens
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This was a super interesting read that kept me coming back for more. Very shocking and kept me glued to the pages."
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    #12Thwarting Enemies at Home and Abroad

    Thwarting Enemies at Home and Abroad

    Thwarting Enemies at Home and Abroad: How to Be a Counterintelligence Officer is written by William R. Johnson with a Foreword from William Hood. This book is published in 2015 by Georgetown University Press.

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    Harold Little
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "Thwarting Enemies at Home and Abroad is a very educational book that introduces the reader towards espionage and the actions used to prevent it, counterintelligence. The book is very in depth with the topic and kept me engaged as I read through the pages."
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    #13Six Car Lengths Behind an Elephant

    Six Car Lengths Behind an Elephant
    Six Car Lengths Behind an Elephant: Undercover & Overwhelmed as a CIA Wife and Mother is written by Lillian McCloy and edited by Johanna McCloy. This book is published in 2016 by Bordertown Publishing.
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    Lawrence Young
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Six Car Lengths Behind an Elephant: Undercover & Overwhelmed as a CIA Wife and Mother pretty much sums the plot up in the title. This non-fiction novel gives you a look into the true story of what it is to be related to a CIA agent and get caught up in the job. "
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    #14Tracking the Axis Enemy

    Tracking the Axis Enemy

    Tracking the Axis Enemy: The Triumph of Anglo-American Naval Intelligence is written by Alan Harris Bath. With over 300 pages, this book is published in 1998 by University Press of Kansas.

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    Vincent Holland
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This seems like a very well written and deep book on WW2 military conflict and planning. However, it may be too focused on less interesting aspects of this information, based on what I have read of other user reviews. This does fit what I am looking for, but might not be my first choice of purchase."
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    #15Blind Man's Bluff

    Blind Man's Bluff

    Blind Man's Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage is written by Sherry Sontag, Christopher Drew, and Annette Lawrence Drew. With over 400 pages, this book was published in 2000 by William Morrow Paperbacks.

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    Sharon Carroll
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "Blind Man's Bluff reads like a spy novel. It is filled with facts that have been investigated for truth and it tells amazing stories about these vehicles that travel the ocean's bottom to keep the world and US safe. It is recommended as a good read by people who have experienced the events it discusses."
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    #16Grant's Secret Service

    Grant's Secret Service
    Grant's Secret Service: The Intelligence War from Belmont to Appomattox is written by William B. Feis features Ulysses Grant's command on a secret service during the Civil War. Published in 2004 by Bisbon Books.
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    Daniel Castro
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "I usually go more for war and crime fiction works, but this non-fiction war book is a great read. It deals with war and espionage during the Civil War. It gave me a much clearer picture on Grant and his actions during wartime. "
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    #17The Deceivers

    The Deceivers

    The Deceivers: Allied Military Deception in the Second World War is a historical nonfiction book written by Thaddeus Holt which features spy thriller and espionage events. Published in 2010 by Scribner.

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    Christopher Fernandez
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "I haven't had great luck in the past with WWII non-fiction when it came to spies, especially anything dealing with allied espionage, but this was an engrossing read from start to finish! I'm one to appreciate the details in works, and this book was a fine example of detail executed well and in a thoroughly entertaining way."
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